Fly Catching

Jikjok calculated that the average number of flies eaten per minute by this gecko is






He found this by dividing a whole number of flies by a whole number of minutes on a standard calculator.
What were those two whole numbers?

Fly Gecko

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic

  • Vanessa Howe,
  • What is the answer to November 6ths starter of the day?
  • Sarah, Newcastle
  • Its 108/99. I used it today before i did "changing recurring decimals into fractions Y10 MOD 3.
  • David Gee, Notting Hill Prep School
  • The numbers are 12 divided by 11 (108/99 cancelled down). The clue is in the recurring decimal - a two digit cycle 090909... for 1/11 181818... for 2/11 272727... for 3/11 . Elevenths as decimals have two digit cycles of the multiples of nine.
  • David Gee, Notting Hill
  • Sorry, typo in cut and paste! 1/11 is 0.090909 (1x9) 2/11 0.181818 (2x9)
    3/11 0.272727 (3x9).
  • Jacob, Swavesey Village Collge
  • Jacob Savage in year 7 from Swavesey Village college also noticed that these two numbers worked.....
    9818181819 / 9000000000.
  • Declan, Liverpool
  • The solution is simply incorrect. The the average was exactly 1.090909091, then he would have 1090909091 in 1000000000. However, 1090909091 is prime and this fraction does not simplify. The answer is 1090909091 flies in 1000000000 minutes. The proposed solution: 12 flies in 11 minutes is incorrect because 12/11 ≠ 1.090909091. In fact 12/11 has an infinite decimal expansion of the form 1.090909090909090909090....
  • 5/6A, SAHPS
  • We the students in 5/6A at SAHPS found this one challenging but we came up with an original solution. Yeah ! That was fun!
  • P Rudd, Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive
  • The answer 12/11 is correct because it says using a standard calculator, which is why only the first 10 digits of the answer is shown. Great question as many younger students believe an answer containing so many decimal places must be wrong!
    Thanks Transum.
  • Benjamin Garrett, Watford
  • WOW What a starter- it took us ages to work it out!
  • Vicky, Stoke Fleming
  • Help- my class still haven't managed it? Help.

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