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A Maths Starter Of The Day

There are some children and donkeys on a beach.

Girl with ball Donkey

Together they have 30 heads and 92 feet.

How many donkeys?

How many children?


Topics: Starter | Algebra | Simultaneous Equations

  • Fiona Sutherland, Stirling
  • Monday, August 24, 2009
  • "For some of the days, the answers would be useful. Is this possible?"
  • Transum,
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009
  • "Dear Fiona,
    Most of the starters have the answers at the bottom of the page. Scroll down and you'll find the answers for today's starter for those who have a Transum subscription."
  • Mr Conway, Trent Valley Academy
  • Friday, September 16, 2011
  • "My year 9 class did this in less than 1 minute."
  • Dr L,
  • Friday, May 4, 2012
  • "Our record was 19 seconds! Adam Threadgold!"
  • Transum,
  • Friday, August 23, 2013
  • "It is worth mentioning that refreshing this page changes the numbers in the test of today's starter. It's really worth students tackling a second version of the problem so that they can put into practice methods and strategies shared after discussing the answer to the initial problem. There are more activities on the Transum website on the topic of Simultaneous Equations."

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Answers

16 donkeys

14 children

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