June 2002, All Stages

Problems

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Fair Exchange

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

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Star Find

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

Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?

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Would You Rather?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Would you rather: Have 10% of £5 or 75% of 80p? Be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas?

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Plenty of Pens

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Amy's mum had given her £2.50 to spend. She bought four times as many pens as pencils and was given 40p change. How many of each did she buy?

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World of Tan 29 - the Telephone

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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Money Bags

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

Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?

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The Magic Number and the Hepta-tree

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

Find the exact difference between the largest ball and the smallest ball on the Hepta Tree and then use this to work out the MAGIC NUMBER!

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The Puzzling Sweet Shop

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

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

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Are You a Smart Shopper?

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

In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?

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Tiling Designs

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Try to reproduce these tilings with a LOGO procedure!

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Letter Land

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If: A + C = A; F x D = F; B - G = G; A + H = E; B / H = G; E - G = F and A-H represent the numbers from 0 to 7 Find the values of A, B, C, D, E, F and H.

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Put Out the Flags

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Tim and Beth both have a string of flags. Use the percentages to find out who has the most flags.

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Power Crazy

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

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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Prime Magic

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

Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?

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Look Before You Leap

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The diagonals of a square meet at O. The bisector of angle OAB meets BO and BC at N and P respectively. The length of NO is 24. How long is PC?

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Are You Kidding

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If the altitude of an isosceles triangle is 8 units and the perimeter of the triangle is 32 units.... What is the area of the triangle?

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CD Heaven

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

All CD Heaven stores were given the same number of a popular CD to sell for £24. In their two week sale each store reduces the price of the CD by 25% ... How many CDs did the store sell at. . . .

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Thank Your Lucky Stars

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A counter is placed in the bottom right hand corner of a grid. You toss a coin and move the star according to the following rules: ... What is the probability that you end up in the top left-hand. . . .

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Basic Rhythms

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Explore a number pattern which has the same symmetries in different bases.

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Amida

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

To draw lots each player chooses a different upright, the paper is then unrolled, the paths charted and the results declared. Prove that no two paths ever end up at the foot of the same upright?

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Target Six

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Show that x = 1 is a solution of the equation x^(3/2) - 8x^(-3/2) = 7 and find all other solutions.