Six Keys

The challenge is to make 20 on your calculator using only six keys.

4 7 - 2 7 = 20
5 + 7 + 8 = 20
1 2 0 รท 6 = 20

How many different ways can you do this? You could try making a different total. Is there a limit to the possible totals? What if you could use seven keys or five keys?


Topics: Starter | Calculator

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