Rail Weigh

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Coach Coach Loco

Coach Coach Coach Loco

The first train above weighs 218 tonnes.

The second train above weighs 288 tonnes.

How heavy is the blue locomotive and how heavy is each red coach?

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


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Topics: Starter | Algebra | Problem Solving | Simultaneous Equations

  • 3_2, Girvan Academy
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  • Nice idea but the trains go too slow.
  • Izzie R, Halstead Prep School
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  • It was really easy but really enjoyable!
  • Malcolm Phillips, Ferndown Upper School
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  • Trains just a little slow. Would be good to be able to paaction so that predictions could be made (as well as speed up/slow down) - to see who really has got the right answer. Otherwise excellent.
  • Livia M.B, Paraparaumu College
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  • This was a easy problem but makes you think, look forward to more of these types challenges.

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