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Level 1  Calculations containing 5 numbers and symbols
Examples: 1+2=3 or 6=8−2
Level 2  Calculations containing 6 numbers and symbols
Examples: 3×4=12 or 5=149
Level 3  Calculations containing 7 numbers and symbols
Examples: 2Ã—2Ã—2=8 or 5âˆ’3=2Ã·1
Level 4  Calculations containing 8 numbers and symbols
Examples: 9Ã—6=58âˆ’4 or 4+5+9=18
Level 5  Calculations containing 9 numbers and symbols
Examples: 9^2=24+57 or âˆš16=67âˆ’63
Vocabero  A similar game requiring you to guess a mathematical word.
Mathstermind  The Transum version of that old game requiring you to guess a number.
More Puzzles  all with a mathematical theme.
Answers to this exercise are available lower down this page when you are logged in to your Transum account. If you donâ€™t yet have a Transum subscription one can be very quickly set up if you are a teacher, tutor or parent.
Currently the greatest number of points earned in the last month for this level (Level 1) has been achieved by Haresc20 with 119 points on Thursday, February 9, 2023. Can you beat that? If you can make sure you claim a trophy because that is how good scores are officially recognised.
Haresc20
119 points
Suppose I am thinking of the calculation 1+2=3
You have to try and gress what my calculation is.
For your first guess you may type in 41=3
When you have finished typing the tiles will change colour. The colours are the clues:
Now have another guess at my calculation. Use the clues that you have been given.
Each of your guesses (for Levels 1 to 4) should be a correct mathematical equation (two equivalent expressions with an equals sign between them).
You will earn points for guessing my calculation correctly. When you have earned enough points you can claim a trophy.
Here is an example from level 4:
I hope you enjoy working on these puzzles and I wish you many green tiles!
Answers to this exercise are available lower down this page when you are logged in to your Transum account. If you donâ€™t yet have a Transum subscription one can be very quickly set up if you are a teacher, tutor or parent.
BIDMAS is an acronym reminding pupils of the order of operation used when evaluating expressions involving a number of different operations. The letters of BIDMAS stand for:
When only addition and subtraction (or only multiplication and division) are left in an expression you should work them out in the order you find them, starting from the left and working towards the right. The blue image of the letters above has been designed to show that multiplication and division have the same importance as the letter M is in the same position as the letter D. The same can be said for the letters A and S.
For example, to evaluate the expression 3^{2} + 5 x 7  (4  3)
Work out the brackets first which gives 3^{2} + 5 x 7  1
Then the indices 9 + 5 x 7  1
Then the multiplication 9 + 35  1
Then the addition and subtraction in the order they are given
The answer is 43
PEMDAS is an alternative acronym.
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Saturday, January 8, 2022
"It is not sufficient just to find an expression thatâ€™s true but to find the exact expression that I was thinking of. For example 61=5 while true would not be correct if I am thinking of 6=1+5."
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"Mathematical Pie has been around for as long as I can remember. It is published three times a year and is aimed at pupils from 10 to 14 years of age, but is read by all age groups. Each issue contains a variety of problems and challenges, stimulating mathematical activity. The questions vary in their difficulty so that there are suitable starting points for all ages of student. It is published by the Mathematical Association.
I was excited to find out that the Summer 2022 edition featured Equatero. What an honour!. Here is the excerpt:
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