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Monday 1st March 2021
Mathematics Question 10 – ratio, mean, simple algebra
This week’s question is for lower grades. Looking at handling data for the first time.
Here are two sets of data – S and T.
|210 150 114 90||260 410 473 310 b|
mean of set S : mean of set T = 3 : 7
Find the value of b.
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Monday 8th March 2021
Mathematics Question 11 – co-ordinates, properties of quadrilaterals, critical thinking
This week’s question is another for lower grades. Looking at co-ordinates for the first time.
A quadrilateral ABCD is drawn on a co-ordinate grid.
A has the co-ordinates (3, 2). B has co-ordinates (6, 1).
a) If ABCD is a parallelogram, find possible co-ordinates for C and D.
C is plotted at (7, 4).
b) Explain why ABCD cannot be a rhombus or a parallelogram.
Which quadrilaterals could it be?
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Monday 15th March 2021
Mathematics Question 12 – 3D trigonometry, bounds
This week’s question ventures into the territory of 3D trigonometry and bounds.
The diagram shows a cuboid – not to scale.
All measurements are to the nearest 0.5 m.
a) Find the upper and lower bound of length CE.
b) Show that the lower bound of angle CEG is 19.00o to 2 decimal places.
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Monday 22nd March 2021
Mathematics Question 13 – surface area and volume of prisms, ratio, pythagoras theorem
This week’s question focuses on finding the surface area of a triangular prism, via volume, ratio and pythagoras theorem.
A triangular prism has a volume of 800 cm3 with length 32 cm and AB = BC.
The ratio of the length of the triangular prism to its width, AC, is 4:1.
Find the surface area of the triangular prism.
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Monday 12nd April 2021
Mathematics Question 14 – conversion of units, scale factor (linear, area and volume)
This week’s question focuses on scale factor, with the added spice of conversion of units.
The pictures show trains.
In the left-hand picture there is an orange TGV Sud-Est and blue/white Shinkansen.
In the right-hand picture there is a Steam Loco.
Use a scale of 3.5 mm:304.8 mm in all question parts.
a) The TGV Sud-Est was in service in France for around 20 years. It was around 200 m long.
Find the length of its equivalent model in centimetres, to three significant figures.
b) A traveller on the Shinkansen is limited to two pieces of luggage.
The total of the length, width and height of a piece of luggage must be no more than 250 cm.
Suggest suitable dimensions for a model of a piece of luggage.
c) A Steam Loco has a boiler capacity of 15 000 litres.
Find the boiler capacity of the model of the Steam Loco in centimetre cubes, to three significant figures.
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Monday 19th April 2021
Mathematics Question 15 – geometric sequences, ratio, surds
This week’s question is the first to cover geometric sequences and surds, with the addition of one of my favourite inclusions – ratio.
a) A, B and C are three consecutive terms in a geometric sequence.
A:B:C is 1: 16: 256.
Suggest suitable values for A, B and C.
b) P, Q and R are three non-consecutive terms, within the first six terms of a geometric sequence.
P:Q:R is 1:9:81.
Suggest suitable values for the first six terms of the geometric sequence.
c) A geometric sequence is given as:
V, 1, (√5 + 2), Y, Z
Find the values of V, Y and Z.
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Monday 3rd May 2021
Mathematics Question 16 – area of shape, addition/subtraction of decimals/fractions, ratio
This week’s question is another offering for younger students. The first question to show calculations as the dimensions of shapes.
The diagram shows a rectangle and a triangle. (Not to scale.)
a) Without using a calculator, find the ratio of the area of the rectangle to the area of the triangle.
b) Using a calculator, or otherwise, write the answer to part a) in its simplest form.
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