Christmas Bells

A Festive Maths Starter of The Day

Christmas Bells

The first bell rings every 6 minutes,

The second bell rings every 7 minutes,

The third bell rings every hour.

If all the bells ring together at noon, at what time will they next all ring together?

Christmas Lights

Here is a simulation of the ringing bells using seconds rather than minutes.


Bell Bell Bell


Topics: Starter | LCM | Number | Xmas

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