Madison bought 4 pineapples and 2 peppers which altogether cost £38.

On another occasion she bought 6 pineapples and 4 peppers which cost £64.

Assume the cost of pineapples and peppers stays the same. How much does one pineapple cost? How much does one pepper cost?

Hint: The answers are whole numbers.

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• This is one of those starters that is different every time you load the page so you can use it many times with the same class. At a guess most pupils seeing this starter will not be familiar with simultaneous equations so a trial and improvement (involving lots of calculations) may be used. It is a good problem to develop a systematic way of working so that it is possible to home in on the correct answer.
• Mrs Walker, St.James' School
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• My year 6 class found this fairly easy once they had a discussion with their neighbours. Satisfactory.
• Louisa, Greentrees School
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• I did this with my Year 4 class and they found it very easy! They got the answer right! Slightly harder next time Transum. To see if it would be a harder one the next time we reloaded the page but it wasn't.

[Transum: Scroll down the page Louisa and you will find buttons which enable you to select different levels of difficulty.]

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Level 1:
Eg. 3x + 2y = 18
5x + 2y = 26
(same coefficient of second variable)

Level 2:
Eg. 3x + 2y = 18
5x + 4y = 32
(Simple multiple coefficient of second variable)

Level 3:
Random coefficients

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