  The objective of this challenge is to enter five fractions each one larger than the one before. The fraction to get you started is .

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Well done. You have reached the end of this challenge

Congratulations. You have completed all of the challenges. There is a trophy waiting for you.

This activity comprises of  challenges each one requiring you to type in one more fraction than the previous challenge and each starting with a different fraction. The starting fractions are . A Transum Trophy is available for completing all of the challenges.

A vinculum is a mathematical symbol. It is a line that goes either above or below an expression or series of digits to show that they are grouped together. A vinculum servers the same purpose as a pair of brackets in many situations. The line drawn in the middle of a fraction has been called a vinculum by some which is convenient, particularly when considering the order of operations in an algebraic fraction or a fraction where the numerator or denominator is a calculation.

There are many more fraction activities, visual aids and lesson starters on our Fractions topic page and here are some recommended activities from that page.

Fraction Wall The traditional fraction wall diagram showing the relationship between simple fractions. This visual aid may help some pupils complete the Vinculum challenge.

Fraction Line Arrange the fractions in order from smallest to largest. There are three different versions of this fraction ordering activity providing different levels challenge.

Equivalent Fractions Practise finding equivalent fractions numerically and in fraction diagrams. This is a classic exercise presented in three levels of difficulty.

Transum.org

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Comment recorded on the 12 July 'Starter of the Day' page by Miss J Key, Farlingaye High School, Suffolk:

"Thanks very much for this one. We developed it into a whole lesson and I borrowed some hats from the drama department to add to the fun!"

Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:

"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

Without Lifting Can you draw these diagrams without lifting your pencil from the paper? This is an interactive version of the traditional puzzle. Some diagrams are possible while others are not. What is the rule?

Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3

Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

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