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Some local pupils lost a geometric opportunity recently as they surveyed the cars in the car park. Did you know that car tyres, and the wheels that they on, are a rich source of geometry?


Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1


I am standing behind five pupils who are signalling a five-digit number to someone on the opposite side of the playground. From where I am standing the number looks like 23456. What number is actually being signalled?


If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.



This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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