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A Maths Starter Of The Day

Joshua thinks of a number.

He multiplies this number by 7 then subtracts 6.

His answer is 29. What was Joshua's original number?

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Joshua's friend thinks of a number.

No calculators allowed

He then does the following operations:

Multiply by 2, subtract 2, multiply by 2 then add 40 (in that order). He finds that the number he ends up with is 10 times his original number.

What was Joshua's friend's original number?

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  • Teacher, Derbyshire
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  • Used this as a plenary question to a year 8 lesson on solving equations with x on both sides. Good challenge both in setting up the equation and then solving it.
  • Teacher, Surrey
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  • When checking answer, it only works on non-scientific calculators as they do not apply BIDMAS!!
  • Mr J, Balshaws
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  • We found this starter very interesting. Harry really loved it!!!

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