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Letter Sums (to do in your head)

Use your mental arithmetic skills to add up the values of the letters in these mathematical words.

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If A=1, B=2, C=3 etc, can you work out the following without using a calculator?

Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
TERM

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Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
MASS

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Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
HALVE

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Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
CENTRE

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Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
DOUBLE

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Find the sum of the values of the letters in:
BETWEEN

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What is the sum of the letters with odd values in the word:
ORIGIN

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What is the sum of the letters with even values in the word:
DIVISION

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What is the difference between the largest and the smallest valued letters in the word:
EQUIVALENT

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What is sum of the four largest valued letters in the word:
HEPTAGON

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What is the average (mean) value of the letters in the word:
PLUS

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What is the sum of the letters with prime number values in the word:
HYPOTENUSE

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Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

"This simple quiz is designed to go with one of the letter-value lesson Starters called Half A Pound, Justundera Quid and Firewords. It can be used before the Starter challenge has been given or as a stand-alone exercise in mental arithmetic or written methods."

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