Copyright © University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

## 'Power Countdown' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

In the game of Power Countdown, you use a set of numbers to make a target number, but unlike the usual Countdown game where you can use $+, -, \times$ or $\div$, the only operations you can use are raising a number to a power, taking the reciprocal of a number, or finding the product of two numbers.

Each number can only be used once. You don't have to use all the numbers. There is often more than one way of making a particular target, so see how many different ways you can find.

Watch the video to see some examples.

Can you find any other ways of making $8$?

Are there any ways which use all the numbers?

Here is another selection.

How many ways are there to make the target number of $125$?

Below is a selection of numbers and five targets.

How many different ways can you find to make each target?

Are there any targets you can't make? How close can you get?