THOAN

Boy

Caleb thinks of a number. "If I double my number and add 4 the answer is 36"

Boy

Cameron thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 2 and add 6 the answer is 32"

Boy

Carlos thinks of a number. "If I add 6 to my number then divide the result by 2, the answer is 9"

Girl

Caroline thinks of a number. "If I multiply my number by 6 and subtract 4 then multiply the result by 5, the answer is 2 less than 522"

What numbers are they thinking about?

Think Of A Number

Topics: Starter | Algebra | Functions | Puzzles

  • C Fleming, Lancashire
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  • Unfortunately the faces on these starters are an excuse to be distracted for some of my pupils.
  • Yr6, CASTERTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
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  • It was quite a challenge but we achieved it!
  • Transum,
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  • While it is certainly possible to solve these problems by trial and improvement, older children could use the 'working backwards' method using inverse operations. Secondary students may decide to use algebra to produce a linear equation to be solved.
    Each time you refresh the page a new set of problems appear.
  • Year 7 St Michaels, St Michaels
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  • We found it hard but did it. We are amazing!
  • Noah, Charnwood Primary Lichfield, Year 6
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  • Not too tricky but you needed to read things carefully or it could catch you out. A good maths starter.
  • Transum,
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  • Here's a different type of THOAN mystery. Think of a three digit number that has all three digits the same. Divide the number by the sum of the digits. I know what your answer is! Is it 37?
  • Mrs Royde, Manchester
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  • The weakest girl in Year 9 bottom managed to work out one of these, much to my surprise. I asked her how she did it, she said 'I worked it out backwards'. I said, 'but you told me you can't do algebra!' She said 'this isn't algebra.' I told her it is, and then showed her how to write it using an x and how to figure it out. She was so chuffed that she had done it that she concentrated and worked brilliantly for the rest of the lesson.
  • Mrs Amin, Francis Holland School
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  • I gave my girls in year five 2 minutes to do these and they all completed it and said it was very fun!

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