Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding
as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra
pebbles are added each time?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18
different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
This solution came from Adam from Moorfield
This is how I arranged the numbers from one to nine in a
multiplication square once and once only:
He is right but doesn't tell us how he worked
it out. This solution is from James, Terry, John and Indiya from
Sabden Primary School, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
This solution is from Ailsa from Romsey Abbey
Primary School, Romsey, Hampshire. She says:
I managed to crack the Multiplication Square, below, here is how
I did it:
First I worked out that the only way to make 15 was to use the
numbers 1, 3 and 5. I then discovered that the only way to make 8
was to use the numbers 1, 2 and 4. Therefore the 1 had to go in the
top row and second column. I then worked out 5 had to go in the top
row and third column because 315 is a multiple of 5 and 144 is not,
so that meant that the 3 had to go in the top row in the first
Then I divided 108 by 2, the answer was 54, and then made 54
using the numbers I had left, 6, 7, 8 and 9, the answer was 9 x 6,
so I knew that 9 and 6 were the 2 other numbers that went in the
second row. 6 is not a multiple of 315 so 6 went in the first
column and 9 went in the third column.
So now the only 2 numbers left were 7 and 8 so I worked the
answer out by discovering how to make 315. I multiplied 5 by 9 to
give me the answer 45 and then tried multiplying it by both 7 and
8. 7 was the correct number so 7 went in the third column and 8
went in the first.
This is a really clear description of your
method, well done!
Kaden from Coleridge Community College,
Cambridge also sent a correct solution. Well done!
We have had some other solutions, from a
different school, that had got the 6 and the 9 swapped over. Will
it work then?