Equations and Formulae Stage 4 - Short Problems


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Named Products

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 42 - 2010
Can you find the solution to this equation? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

Carry Over

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 24 - 2009
Each letter stands for a different digit, and S is non-zero. Which letter has the lowest value?

Interstellar

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 22 - 2012
What number could replace * so that */5 is between 3 and 4?

Table Height

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 21 - 2006
A table has blocks of wood placed on and next to it. Can you work out how tall it is?

Months and Years

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 1 - 2013
The product of Mary's age at her last birthday and her age in complete months is 1800. How old is Mary?

Star Sum

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

Day of the Triffids

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

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

Weekly Problem 23 - 2013
Jasmine buys three different types of plant. How many triffids did she buy?

I Love Musical Stars

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 42 - 2015
Each row and column has the total given. What is the value of the heart symbol?

Big Fish

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2007
Granny has taken up deep-sea fishing! Last week, she caught a fish so big that she had to cut it into three pieces in order to weigh it. The tail weighed 9kg and the head weighed the same as the tail plus one third of the body. The body weighed as much as the head and tail together. How much did the whole fish weigh?

Near 10

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 4 - 2011
10 must remain within easy reach...

Weighing Scales

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 35 - 2008
A child's box of bricks contains cubes, cones and spheres. Can you work out how many spheres will balance a single cone?

Weighing the Baby

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 2 - 2014
Weighing the baby at the clinic was a problem. Can you work out the total weight of the baby, the nurse and me from the information given?

Adjacent Additions

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 3 - 2015
In a 7-digit numerical code, each group of four consecutive digits adds to 16, and each group of five consecutive digits adds to 19. What is the sum of all 7 digits?

In the Hundreds

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2015
For how many positive values of $n$ are both $\frac n2$ and $2n$ three-digit whole numbers?

Simultaneous Multiplying

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 17 - 2007
If $a \times b=2$, $b \times c=24$, $c \times a=3$ and $a$, $b$ and $c$ are positive, what is the value of $a+b+c$?

Table Total

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Can you find the sum of all of the numbers in the table?

Square to a Rectangle

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Kevin has moved some tiles to change the shape of his patio from a square to a rectangle. What are the lengths of the sides of the rectangle?

Sum = Product = Quotient

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 15 - 2010
Can you find a pair of numbers such that their sum, product and quotient are all equal? Are there any other pairs?

Well Read

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 48 - 2015
Miss Quaffley's class went to the library. If you know how many books each boy, girl and teddy bear took out, can you work out how many girls there are?

Unequal Statements

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

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

Weekly Problem 32 - 2010
For what numbers are each of these statements true? How many of the statements can be true at the same time?