# Resources tagged with: Calculating with fractions

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Broad Topics > Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion > Calculating with fractions ### Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow...

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Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for? ##### Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be? ### Keep it Simple

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Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions? ### Mathematical Swimmer

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Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . . ### Egyptian Fractions

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The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. Here is a chance to explore how they could have written different fractions. ### Ben's Game

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Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters. ### A Chance to Win?

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Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose... ### Countdown Fractions

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Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game. ### Special Sums and Products

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Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48. ### Unit Fractions

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Consider the equation 1/a + 1/b + 1/c = 1 where a, b and c are natural numbers and 0 < a < b < c. Prove that there is only one set of values which satisfy this equation. ### More Twisting and Turning

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It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes... ### Sum Equals Product

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The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 � 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . . ### 3388

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Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24. ### Fair Shares?

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A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally? ### Harmonic Triangle

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Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows? ### Lower Bound

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What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 = ### Diminishing Returns

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How much of the square is coloured blue? How will the pattern continue? ### Fracmax

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Find the maximum value of 1/p + 1/q + 1/r where this sum is less than 1 and p, q, and r are positive integers. ### Twisting and Turning

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Take a look at the video and try to find a sequence of moves that will untangle the ropes. ##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Aisha's division and subtraction calculations both gave the same answer! Can you find some more examples? ### Smaller and Smaller

##### Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you predict, without drawing, what the perimeter of the next shape in this pattern will be if we continue drawing them in the same way? ### Archimedes and Numerical Roots

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The problem is how did Archimedes calculate the lengths of the sides of the polygons which needed him to be able to calculate square roots? ### Hands Together

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Sometime during every hour the minute hand lies directly above the hour hand. At what time between 4 and 5 o'clock does this happen? ### Hello Again

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Anne completes a circuit around a circular track in 40 seconds. Brenda runs in the opposite direction and meets Anne every 15 seconds. How long does it take Brenda to run around the track? ### Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

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Two brothers were left some money, amounting to an exact number of pounds, to divide between them. DEE undertook the division. "But your heap is larger than mine!" cried DUM... ### All Tangled Up

##### Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you tangle yourself up and reach any fraction? ### Fractions Jigsaw

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A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent. ### The Greedy Algorithm

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The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this. ### Blue and White

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Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest? ### Ratios and Dilutions

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Scientists often require solutions which are diluted to a particular concentration. In this problem, you can explore the mathematics of simple dilutions ### There's a Limit

##### Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore the continued fraction: 2+3/(2+3/(2+3/2+...)) What do you notice when successive terms are taken? What happens to the terms if the fraction goes on indefinitely? ### Not Continued Fractions

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Which rational numbers cannot be written in the form x + 1/(y + 1/z) where x, y and z are integers? ### Investigating the Dilution Series

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Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?  