Unitary Method

Here are some self-marking exercises of problems which can be solved using the unitary method. This is a technique in mathematics for solving particular types of problems. It involves scaling down one of the variables to a single unit, i.e. 1, and then performing the operation necessary to alter it to the desired value.

For example if six coins weigh 66g. What would seventeen coins weigh?

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Consider the weight of one coin first

1 coin weighs 11g  (66รท6)

Now it is easy to calculate the cost of seventeen coins

17 coins weigh 187g (17 x 11)

There are currently two sets of questions you can try. Level one involves calculations you could do in your head while the numbers involved in level 2 are a little larger.




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