# Interpreting and evaluating - July 2009, Stage 3&4

This month our problems involve aspects of the process of interpreting the information in a question and examining in various ways the solution or methods used to get the solution. For example, are the assumptions and arguments made correct or appropriate? How does the solution relate to the initial problem? Can we make sense of someone else's finding? Can we compare strategies used?

## Problems

### Factor Lines

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

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

### Parallel Lines

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

How does the position of the line affect the equation of the line? What can you say about the equations of parallel lines?

### How Steep Is the Slope?

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

On the grid provided, we can draw lines with different gradients. How many different gradients can you find? Can you arrange them in order of steepness?

### Back Fitter

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

10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?

### At Right Angles

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

Can you decide whether two lines are perpendicular or not? Can you do this without drawing them?

### Rationals Between...

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

What fractions can you find between the square roots of 65 and 67?