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Think of a Number

Ten students think of a number then perform various operations on that number. You have to find what the original numbers were.

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This is level 1: Whole number THOAN problems. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

\( \times 2\)

\(+3\)

\(21\)


Rebecca says:
'I think of a number. I double my number and add 3 the answer is 21'
What number was Rebecca first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong


Caroline says:
'I am also thinking of a number. If I multiply my number by 2 and add 2 the answer is 32'
What number was Caroline first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Amelia says:
'I think of a number. I multiply my number by 3 and add 4 the answer is 61'
What number was Amelia first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Mariah says:
'Can you guess what number I am thinking of if when I multiply it by 3 and add 5 the answer is 50?'
What number was Mariah first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Jordan says:
'If I divide my number by 5 and add 3 the answer is 5'
What number was Jordan first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Jocelyn says:
'If I multiply my number by 6 then add 4 then add 3 then add 2 the answer is 81'
What number was Jocelyn first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Arianna says:
'I am thinking of my favourite number. If I add 12 to my number then divide the result by 2, the answer is 27'
What number was Arianna first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Isabel says:
'My plan was to add 6 to my number then multiply the result by 3. Then I multiplied the result by 4 and finally subtracted 4. The answer is 212'
What number was Isabel first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Marissa says:
'I decided to add 5 to my number then multiply the result by 3, After that I subtracted 5 then doubled the result. The answer is 134'
What number was Marissa first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
Autumn says:
'If I multiply my number by 4 and subtract 2 then multiply the result by 4, the answer is 3 less than 171'
What number was Autumn first thinking of?

Working:

Correct Wrong
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Level 1 - Whole number THOAN problems

Level 2 - Decimal THOAN problems

Level 3 - Negative decimal THOAN problems

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Example

Daniel says 'If I double my number and add 6 the answer is 30'

Method 1 - Work backwards

Start at the end of the sentence with the answer 30 and undo all of the operations Daniel performed on his number in reverse order.

30 minus 6 then divide by two

The number Daniel was thinking about was 12

 

Method 2 - Form and solve an equation

Let the number that Daniel is first thinking of be n.

2n + 6 = 30

Subtract 6 from both sides

2n = 24

Divide both sides by 2

n = 12

The number Daniel was thinking about was 12

 

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