Place Value, Integers, Ordering and Rounding - Short Problems


This is part of our collection of Short Problems.

You may also be interested in our longer problems on Place Value, Integers, Ordering and Rounding.

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Even Squares

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 27 - 2008
Can you find squares within a number grid whose entries add up to an even total?

Tick Tock

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 10 - 2006
Tick's watch is slow and Tock's watch is fast. How long is it before their watches differ by an hour?

Different Magic Square

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 47 - 2008
Can you solve this magic square?

Cibara Numerals

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly problem 47 - 2006
Cibara numerals are the same shape as Arabic numerals, but are used in the opposite order. Working in Cibara numerals, what is the answer to 837 + 742?

Alberta's Age

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2011
Alberta won't reveal her age. Can you work it out from these clues?

Debt Recovery

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 7 - 2009
Tony and Tina can't work out which of them owes what to the other. Can you?

Sum One Special

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2007
Three integers have a sum of 1 and a product of 36 - what are they?

Double with 1-9

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 31 - 2011
Can you find a number and its double using the digits $1$ to $9$ only once each?

Loose Change

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 10 - 2009
In how many ways can you give change for a ten pence piece?

Paying the Bill

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 44 - 2007
Gill and I went to a restaurant for lunch to celebrate her birthday....We agreed to split the total cost equally. How much did I owe Gill?

Mathematical Ages

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 16 - 2009
Arrange these three famous mathematicians in order with the shortest-lived first.

Pros and Cons

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 17 - 2008
If p is a positive integer and q is a negative integer, which of these expressions is the greatest?

Itchy's Fleas

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 32 - 2017
Itchy has a million fleas. His anti-flea leaves no more than 1% of the original fleas after use. What is the least number of fleas that the shampoo will remove?

Central Sum

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 53 - 2011
Find a number between 100 and 999 that has its middle digit equal to the sum of the other two digits. Can you find all possibilities?

Quiz Questions

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 25 - 2009
Jack does a 20-question quiz. How many questions didn't he attempt?

Mini Kakuro

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2008
The sum of each column and row in this grid give the totals as shown. What number goes in the starred square?

Reverse Ages

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

When is the next time that Brian's age will be the reverse of his father's age?

Negative Dice

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 16 - 2012
If the odd numbers on two dice are made negative, which of the totals cannot be achieved?

Highs and Lows

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 32 - 2009
I have a max/min thermometer in my greenhouse. What were the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded when I looked at it on Wednesday evening?

Missing 9s

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Sara makes a list of the whole numbers that do not contain any 9s. What is the 300th number on her list?

Digit Sum Puzzle

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Let N be the smallest positive integer whose digits add up to 2015. What is the sum of the digits of N+1?

Equal Length Powers

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 33 - 2010
How many positive integers $n$ exist for which $n^2$ has the same number of digits as $n^3$?

How Many Digits?

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How many digits are there in this product?

Repeat Product

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 3 - 2014
Can you work out the value of P+Q+R in the multiplication shown?