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# Year 5 and 6 Maths Puzzle

Happy Monday Guys,

Here is a new puzzle for you to solve!  Please don’t submit your answer in a comment till Friday this week – so people have time to have a go themselves.  If you want to send me or Patrick your answers please send to the class email addresses.

E.g westgreen.violetclass@gmail.com

NEW CLUE –  What do we do if WHOLE numbers do not work?

Have fun!

Mr Spours and Patrick.

• weda says:

7plus1=8
13-7=6

• Will Spours says:

Not quite Weda, you need to create a sum that will give you 13 going down. Keep trying though! I will give a clue on Friday if you’re still not there. If you would like to post a new answer before Friday, please email it to westgreen.violetclass@gmail.com. Good luck!

I dont think this is possible…. ????????

It’s always off by one or two…

I think the one of the numbers are off by one.

• Will Spours says:

You need to think a little more outside the box Adrian, what can we do to numbers if they don’t work exactly??

• Will Spours says:

I really like your effort though, remember, getting stuck is a good sign that we are pushing the brain. Think logically, keep going with the trial and error and like I said before – think a little outside the box.

Ok

I get all of them working, but the one where u have to equal to 13, is always wrong. I get either 14 or 12.

• Will Spours says:

Don’t be so hard on yourself Adrian. If I have a 1 whole pizza, does that mean that only one person can eat it?

Not really, unless they can handle it I guess.

• victoria says:

I sent you an email on Monday I was wondering if I got it right

• Will Spours says:

What email did you send it to Victoria? I haven’t received anything – did you send it to westgreen.violetclass@gmail.com

• Victoria says:

yes

• Will Spours says:

Please try again to the email address below, or its Friday tomorrow so I am happy for you to send it on here. Thanks!

3 + 5 = 8
+ +
9 – 3 = 6
= =
12 8 That’s the closes I got I think

Let me try again.

3+5=8
+ +
9-3=6
= =
12 8

I hope you understand what the numbers are connected to, it comes out a bit weird. This is the closest that I’ve gotten.

• Will Spours says:

It can’t work if they are whole numbers – its not possible. What I mean’t by the pizza analogy is we don’t always deal with whole numbers do we? Think about sharing, we may halve something – think about decimals, fractions and percentages. Can anything in that help you?

Ohhh, do you mean that we can use decimals? If so, I should’ve thought of that…

• Will Spours says:

Yes!! No, the important thing is you got there in the end. Well done Adrian.

Ok, thank you so much!

OMG! I got it 1st try when I put decimals on the sum ?? And I spent a week trying it out because I didnt know we could put decimals XD

3.5+4.5=8
+ . +
9.5-3.5=6
= . =
13 . 8

I put dots in between the equal and pluses signs, that it would be more spaced out, but it didn’t work. I hope you under stand it.

• Will Spours says:

Great work!

3.5+4.5=8
..+……+…
9.5_3.5=6
..=……..=
13…….8

• Victoria says:

I think the answer is this – 3.5 + 4.5 = 8
3.5 + 9.5 = 13
4.5 + 3.5 = 8
9.5 – 3.5 = 6

• Will Spours says:

That is a bit of a mystery as to why I haven’t received your email. I will double check in the spam but haven’t seen anything I’m afraid. I haven’t approved your comment with your own email shown in it, you need to keep that private if you can. Thanks again for your answer – please try sending something else to the class email address and I will check for it.

Yes. I got it correct!!

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