Consecy Brothers

The Consecy brothers ages multiplied together
give the answer 4896.

Jecky Decky Tecky

Decky is one year older than Jecky
Tecky is one year older than Decky.

How old are they?

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Roots | Problem Solving

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  • My year 8 enjoyed this as a starter. I added some much bigger totals such as 140556.
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  • This is a classic trial and improvement starter in which pupils can try guessed solutions and, if they don't give the required result, try a modified guess which will take them on the route of homing in on the correct answer. Being a little more sophisticated pupils might realise that the middle number will be close to the cube root of the given value. Some will be able to use their calculators to find a cube root while many other will not know how to do this. See the bottom of the old August 12th Starter page for a basic method for finding the cube root of a number.

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