Rail Weigh

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Coach Coach Loco

Coach Coach Coach Loco

The first train above weighs 137 tonnes.

The second train above weighs 168 tonnes.

How heavy is the blue locomotive and how heavy is each red coach?

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Algebra | Problem Solving | Simultaneous Equations

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