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Systematic Listing Strategies

Apply systematic listing strategies to find the number of combinations and permutations of choices.

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This is level 1: practical listing activities.

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Snake Sort

Snake Sort

Sort the coloured snakes in a logical order. This activity introduces systematic listing.

Ice-cream Combinations

Ice-cream Combinations

How many two-scoop ice creams can you make from the given flavours?

Misfits

Misfits

A Misfit is a character with a head, body and legs. How many different Misfits can you create?

Take Baht

Take Baht

How many different ways can you make a given total with Thai coins?

Six Keys

Six Keys

Use just six keys on your calculator to make a given total. How many different ways can it be done?

How Many Triangles?

How Many Triangles?

A self marking step by step approach to calculating the number of triangles in a design.

Striped Sweets

Striped Sweets

Learn how to be systematic by colouring the sweet wrappers so that no two are the same.

Xmas Tree Trim

Xmas Tree Trim

Use the lights provided to decorate each of the Christmas trees so that no two trees are the same.

This is Systematic Listing Strategies level 1. You can also try:
Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7

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Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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Hi-Low Predict

Hi-Low Predict

A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV programme. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower than the one shown. a fun way to practise applying probability and using fractions.

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Level 1 - Practical listing activities

Level 2 - Find missing items and errors

Level 3 - The product rule for counting

Level 4 - Find the number of arrangements

Level 5 - Standard permutation questions

Level 6 - Standard combinations questions

Level 7 - Mixed combinatorics questions

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You may also want to use a calculator to check your working. See Calculator Workout skill 14.

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