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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Investigations | Number

  • Mrs. Babb, 3rd & 4th Period Classes, Woodruff High School, USA
  • When we pronounce number words we include the word "and" for the decimal, not between periods of numbers, like three hundred and four.
  • Transum,
  • Mrs Babb, you can find more comments about the issue you have highlighted below the October 7th starter. It appears to be a British-English, American-English difference.
  • Year 5, Cheveley Park, Durham
  • We found 4 (four), 9 (nine) and 18 (eighteen) worked, we challenge you to find more! Sincerely, Year 5.

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4, 9 and 18

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4 multiplied by 4 [the number of letters in four] equals 16 which is the square of 4
9 multiplied by 4 [the number of letters in nine] equals 36 which is the square of 6
18 multiplied by 8 [the number of letters in eighteen] equals 144 which is the square of 12

36 multiplied by 9 [the number of letters in thirty six] equals 324 which is the square of 18
49 multiplied by 9 [the number of letters in forty nine] equals 441 which is the square of 21
64 multiplied by 9 [the number of letters in sixty four] equals 576 which is the square of 24
81 multiplied by 9 [the number of letters in eighty one] equals 729 which is the square of 27

300 multiplied by 12 [the number of letters in three hundred] equals 3600 which is the square of 60
304 multiplied by 19 [the number of letters in three hundred and four] equals 5776 which is the square of 76
324 multiplied by 25 [the number of letters in three hundred and twenty four] equals 8100 which is the square of 90
726 multiplied by 24 [the number of letters in seven hundred and twenty six] equals 17424 which is the square of 132
729 multiplied by 25 [the number of letters in seven hundred and twenty nine] equals 18225 which is the square of 135
784 multiplied by 25 [the number of letters in seven hundred and eighty four] equals 19600 which is the square of 140
864 multiplied by 24 [the number of letters in eight hundred and sixty four] equals 20736 which is the square of 144
980 multiplied by 20 [the number of letters in nine hundred and eighty] equals 19600 which is the square of 140

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In the game Scrabble, which number when played as a word is the same as its score?
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(1 point)-A, E, l, O, U, L, N, S, T, R
(2 points)-D, G
(3 points)-B, C, M, P
(4 points)-F, H, V, W, Y
(5 points)-K
(8 points)-J, X
(10 points)-Q, Z

The answer to the Extension is 12.


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