28  15  7  30 
40  4  11  14 
27  25  5  8 
6  26  29  31 
Click three numbers above that add up to 40. How many different sets of three numbers adding up to 40 can you find? For this activity the order matters (so 1+2+3 would be a different triplet to 3+1+2 for example). You can earn a Transum Trophy if you can find 30 triplets. Do not use a calculator.
You might also enjoy the Magic Square Puzzle.


Transum.orgThis web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or questions. 
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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician? Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk: "Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!" Comment recorded on the 3 October 'Starter of the Day' page by Fiona Bray, Cams Hill School: "This is an excellent website. We all often use the starters as the pupils come in the door and get settled as we take the register." 


Numeracy"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables." Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3 

Go MathsLearning 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. TeachersIf you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows: 

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Transum,
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
"This interactive activity is the pupil version of the whole class lesson starter for 10th December. As well as doing this activity individually it is also worthwhile to do it as a class. As Morriss (Montgomery High School) comments, 'We spend 5 mins individually and then gathered our answers together and got 16 as a class! We really enjoyed this task and got pretty competitive between ourselves and the rest of the Schools that commented!'."