# Resources tagged with: Maximise/minimise/optimise

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##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

There are 12 identical looking coins, one of which is a fake. The
counterfeit coin is of a different weight to the rest. What is the
minimum number of weighings needed to locate the fake coin?

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Christmas trees are planted in a rectangular array. Which is the taller tree, A or B?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of information about trees in order to maximise the profits of a forestry company?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Three fences of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure. What arrangement maximises the area?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A ladder 3m long rests against a wall with one end a short distance from its base. Between the wall and the base of a ladder is a garden storage box 1m tall and 1m high. What is the maximum distance. . . .

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

##### Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A 10x10x10 cube is made from 27 2x2 cubes with corridors between
them. Find the shortest route from one corner to the opposite
corner.

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

The graph represents a salesman’s area of activity with the
shops that the salesman must visit each day. What route around the
shops has the minimum total distance?