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We had a very large number of solutions sent
in showing various ways of approaching the problem.
Ramesh sent in the following solution:
Natalie and Emma wrote the
Our target was $52$ and this was our strategy: We guessed, checked
and improved. We took a number from the $3$x table for the zios and
we took a number from the $7$x table for the zepts and we put them
together and saw what number it came to. If it was too high we
lowered a number and if it was too low we highered a number.
Once we lowered it because our first answer was too high we managed
to get $3\times8=24$ and $4\times7=28$ and our answer was $8$ zios
and $4$ zepts and that was our solution.
Tenisha explained it this
When Nico went to the planet of Vuv and saw $52$ legs put up by the
zios and zepts I figured out that that meant there were $4$ zepts
and $8$ zios. I figured that because $7\times4=28$ and
$8\times3=24$ and together they equal $52$. Also,there is no way
you can have the product $52$ with different factors to answer this
question correctly. This is my conclusion.
Jack, Jack, Eleanor, Rose, Adam, Gregor,
Adela and Emily from Brennands Endowed Primary School got together
We used multilink to help us see the problem.
We counted out $52$ pieces of multilink and put them into groups of
This left $1$ piece over.
We used $2\times3$ zios and the one left over to make $1$ Zept
We then used the groups of $3$ to make more Zepts until we ended up
$4$ Zepts ($4\times7 = 28$)
$8$ Zios ($8\times3 = 24$)
$28 + 24 = 52$ legs
Quite a number of you used 'guess, check
Megan and Sarah wrote this
To start our solution to this problem we would like to inform you
we chose to use the theory, guess, check and improve. To start our
workings out we worked on the number of Zios, we first tried $2$
then we worked our way up until we came to $8$ Zios which we
calculated was the correct amount for reasons that will be divulged
later in our answer.
To mathematically calculate the number of Zepts our first
calculation was to do $52-24$ which equals $28$
remaining. Our next sum was to do $28\div7$ which equals $4$. So
using these numbers we were finally able to conclude that there
were $8$ Zios and $4$ Zept.
So thank you for taking the time to read our answer.
Rowena explained her working and drew a
To start with I guessed. I went for $10$ Zios, which had $3\times10
= 30$ legs. I then counted up in $7$s. $7$, $14$, $21$ but found
that none gave the right answer when I added them to $30$.
I tried $3\times10 + 3\times7 = 30 + 21 = 51$. No good!
I thought about times tables and wrote out the $3$ times table up
to $51$ (no point in going any higher than that). This would give
me the number of Zios. In the next column I took that number away
from $52$ and was hoping for a multiple of $7$ which would give me
the number of Zepts. Three answers gave multiples of $7$! (See
The possible answers were $3 + 49$ ($1$ Zio and $7$ Zepts), $24 +
28$ ($8$ Zios and $4$ Zepts) and $45 + 7$ ($15$ Zios and $1$
Then I looked back at the question - there had to be more than one
of each kind of creature, so the only possible answer is:
$8$ Zios and $4$ Zepts