Not Too Close

The students numbered 1 to 8 should sit on the chairs so that no two consecutively numbered students sit next to each other either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.










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Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

Paul, Birmingham

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Can anyone solve this I'm still puzzled!

[Transum: Here's a clue Paul. The numbers one and eight are different from the other six numbers as they only have one number consecutive to them. Perhaps they should go in the chairs that have the most neighbours!]"


Monday, September 12, 2016

"Teachers: When this activity has been completed use the created arrangement of numbers to ask the revision questions on this page Not Too Close Questions."

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