# Equations and Formulae Stage 3 - Short Problems

This is part of our collection of Short Problems.

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### Partial Magic

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 41 - 2011
This magic square has only been partially completed. Can you still solve it...

### Five-to

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 22 - 2015
The number 2005 is the sum of a sequence of five consecutive positive integers. What is the smallest of these integers?

### Between a Square and a Cube

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 51 - 2011
The equation $x^2+2=y^3$ looks nearly quadratic. What integer solutions can you find?

### Shape Sums

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 22 - 2016
Given some relationships amongst these shapes, how many triangles equal one diamond?

### Turnips

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 37 - 2012
Baldrick could buy 6 parsnips and 7 turnips, or 8 parsnips and 4 turnips. How many parsnips could he buy?

### Square and Cube

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 24 - 2014
The square of a positive number is twice as big as the cube of that number. What is the number?

### Average Surroundings

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 15 - 2009
Can you work out Ali's age based on the diagram?

### Tennis Training

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 40 - 2017
After tennis training, Andy, Roger and Maria collect up the balls. Can you work out how many Andy collects?

### Fifty Coins

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 50 - 2014
Cheryl finds a bag of coins. Can you work out how many more 5p coins than 2p coins are in the bag?

### Currency Exchange

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 48 - 2009
Dan and Ann have 9 and 8 coins respectively. What is the smallest number of coins they must swap so they end up with equal amounts of money.

### Granny's Age

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 10 - 2015
Granny is four times as old as I am. Five years ago she was five times as old as I was. What is the sum of our ages?

### Seven Dwarfs

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 13 - 2010
The Seven Dwarfs have seven different birthdays. How old can they be?

### Symbol

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 2 - 2011
Using the new operator $\oplus$, can you solve this equation?

### Packing Boxes

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 28 - 2011
Look at the times that Harry, Christine and Betty take to pack boxes when working in pairs, to find how fast Christine can pack boxes by herself.

### Fractions of Fractions

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 44 - 2013
If you know that a fraction of X is the same as a different fraction of Y, can you work out X/Y?

### Alien Currency

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 22 - 2014
The planet Zog has both green and blue banknotes. Can you work out how many zogs two green banknotes and three blue banknotes are worth?

### Monetary Difference

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 50 - 2007
Al, Bertie, Chris and Di have sums of money totalling £150... What is the difference between the amount Al and Di have?

### Crossover

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 14 - 2017
The numbers 2 up to 8 are to be placed in the diagram on the right such that the row and column add up to 21. Which numbers can replace x?

### To Run or Not to Run?

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 38 - 2012
If an athlete takes 10 minutes longer to walk, run and cycle three miles than he does to cycle all three miles, how long does it take him?

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 49 - 2017
Each interior angle in a quadrilateral (apart from the smallest) is twice the previous one. What is the size of the smallest interior angle?

### Star Sum

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Weekly Problem 40 - 2011
You may have seen magic squares before, but can you work out the missing numbers on this magic star?

### Magic 7

##### KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Can you complete this magic square with the numbers from 7 to 15?