November 2001, Stage 1&2

Problems

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Hand Span

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use your hand span to measure the distance around a tree trunk. If you ask a friend to try the same thing, how do the answers compare?

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The Tomato and the Bean

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?

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Lawn Border

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

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What's My Weight?

Stage: 2 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?

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Double Your Popcorn, Double Your Pleasure

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

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World of Tan 24 - Clocks

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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Augustus' Age

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which year De Morgan was born in?

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The Hare and the Tortoise

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

In this version of the story of the hare and the tortoise, the race is 10 kilometres long. Can you work out how long the hare sleeps for using the information given?

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Four Goodness Sake

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?