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Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:

Answer: 3165

Working backwards
Added 8 then multiplied by 5, got 2015
After adding 8: 2015$\div$5 = 403
Original number: 8 less than 403, which is 395

Multiply by 8: 395$\times$8 = 3160
Add 5: 3160 + 5 = 3165

Using algebra to find what number Amy started with
If Amy started with $n$,
Add $8$ then multiply by $5$ and get $2015$, so $(n+8)\times5=2015$
Amy was supposed to multiply $n$ by $8$ and then add $5$, so she should have found $8n+5$.

Using algebra to find the value of the correct expression
When Amy added $8$ to the number and then multiplied by $5$, she got $2015$, so $(n+8)\times5=2015$, where $n$ is the number that Amy started with.
Amy was supposed to multiply $n$ by $8$ and then add $5$, so she should have found $8n+5$.

We want to get from $(n+8)\times5$ to $8n+5$. Knowing $(n+8)\times8$ would be helpful, because $$\begin{align}(n+8)\times8&=8n+64\\&=8n+(5+59)\\&=(8n+5)+59\end{align}$$

If $(n+8)\times5=2015$, then $n+8=2015\div5=403$, so $(n+8)\times8=403\times8=3224$.

So $3224$ is $59$ more than $8n+5$, so $8n+5=3224-59=3165$. So Amy would have got $3165$.

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