Number Operations and Calculation Methods - Short Problems


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Calculation 2000

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 49 - 2013
What is the value of 2000 + 1999 × 2000?

Sum Total

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 50 - 2013
Each letter in this sum represents a different digit. How many solutions are there?

Alberta's Age

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2011
Alberta won't reveal her age. Can you work it out from these clues?

Bus Route

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 17 - 2009
How far apart are the first and last bus stops in this bus route?

Digit Deletion

KS 2 & 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 14 - 2010
What is the largest number of digits that could be erased from this 1000-digit number, to get a surprising result?

Operational Decision

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 44 - 2014
What symbol should be inserted to make the equation true?

Measured Upside Down

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 49 - 2008
Baby can't stand up yet, so we measure her upside down. Can you use our measurements to work out how much Baby has grown in her first year?

Subtracting to 2008

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 2 - 2015
Can you work out the sum of the missing digits in this subtraction?

In Sum-mary

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 14 - 2011
What does the sum of these three numbers tell us about their product?

Mathematical Ages

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 16 - 2009
Arrange these three famous mathematicians in order with the shortest-lived first.

Down and Along

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 50 - 2015
Can you work out the values of J, M and C in this sum?

Reverse Subtraction

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 27 - 2006
What is the value of c in this subtraction?

Debasing the Coinage

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 18 - 2009
How much lighter will £5 worth of 5p's be with these new lighter coins?

Fly Away

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly problem 50 - 2006
Can you work out the values of the digits in this addition sum?

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?

354972

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 42 - 2016
What is the remainder when 354972 is divided by 7?

Multiplication Table Puzzle

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 6 - 2017
In the multiplication table on the right, only some of the numbers have been given. What is the value of A+B+C+D+E?

Rolling Along the Trail

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 32 - 2011
What could be the scores from five throws of this dice?

How Many Rectangles?

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 37 - 2016
By drawing 5 horizontal and four vertical lines, one can form 12 rectangles. What is the greatest number of rectangles that can be formed by drawing 15 lines?

Jam and Egg Sandwich

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 33 - 2011
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

So Many Sums

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 20 - 2007
In this addition each letter stands for a different digit, with S standing for 3. What is the value of YxO?

Kangaroo Subtraction

KS 3 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 2 - 2010
Can you solve this 'KANGAROO' alphanumeric subtraction?

Filling Morecambe Bay

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 19 - 2016
"It would take 20 million years to fill Morecambe Bay from a bath tap". What does this imply is the approximate capacity of Morecambe Bay?

Magic Error

KS 3 & 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 12 - 2014
Two of the numbers in a 4x4 magic square have been swapped. Can you work out the sum of these numbers?

Alternating Sum

KS 4 Short Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2008
Given that the number 2008 is the correct answer to a sum, can you find n?