May 29

Maths Mate Sheet 5 Question 23

Prediction: I will have to solve a word problem involving the numbers 20 and 4

Read: Mike and Anna have 20 stamps altogether. Mike has 4 more stamps than Anna. How many stamps does Anna have?

Clarification: None needed

The Big Question: Mike and Anna have 20 stamps. Mike has 4 more than Anna. How many does Anna have?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Have I seen a similar problem?

Solving: I first made Mike have at least 4. Then I added 1 to each person till the total was twenty.

Conclusion: So Anna had 8 stamps.

May 26

But Where Could I Go? (100 WC Week 34)

I was faced with options. Too many options. But where could I go, what could I do? I thought. The options were endless. Each option was unique with many different things to offer. The options bothered me some of them might have not been possible. But they were still there. With everything that could have been there I wondered whether this would never end, as each option could open many new opportunities And each opportunity could lead to more. It was endless not everything could be done but not everything was to be attempted either. What could I do there were so many options.

May 21

Maths Mate Sheet 4 Question 22

Prediction: I will have to solve a word problem involving the numbers 20, 31, and 3.

Read: How many numbers between 20 and 31 are divisible by 3?

Clarification: None needed.

The Big Question: How many numbers between 20 and 31 are divisible by 3?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Have I seen a similar problem?

Solving: First I went through my 3 times tables. Then I figured that 21, 24, 27 and 30 are divisible by 3.

Conclusion: So the answer was 4.

May 20

Daily Dash …How Could I Possibly Go On Something was Preventing me…

I was running and I was an idiot. Mostly drains didn’t flood very easily. When I was little I was told that rats only had three causes of death, death by human, death by trap and death by animal. Nobody told me about death by water.

I scurried across the tunnel. I could hear the distant echo of the torrent moving through the drains coming, closer. I collapsed how could I possibly go on, I thought, something was preventing me. It was me being pathetic I told myself and then I kept scuttling down the murky pipe.

Then suddenly the torrent crashed down the pipe and towards me. The tsunami swallowed me; I thought this was the end. I was struggling, my legs flailed wildly, I was weak. Then I started to feel like I was being pulled out. I breathed. I was filled with relief as the world around me revived. I had been flushed out of that hellhole.

Authorial: T.P

Secretarial: O.D

May 20

Send My friend to School (100 WC Week 33)

Lucy simply must go to school. People with disabilities should be accepted into schools. Not only because it is essential to have an education but it is also inhuman to not let people with disabilities into schools because plenty of people that have had disabilities that have gone to school. People in Kenya and other third world countries should be able to create some kind of public transport to help people travel large distances and help people with traveling difficulties get from place to place. So I urge you to help all people to get to school and have an education.

May 8

Maths Mate Sheet 2 Question 22

Prediction: I predict this will be a problem that involves dividing.

Read: How many numbers between 1 and 60 are divisible by nine?

Clarification: None needed

The Big Question: Between 1 and 60 how many numbers are divisible by 9?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Break into manageable parts

Solving: I first did my nine times table until I reached a sum over 60 then I know that to get to 54 I times it 6 times.

Conclusion: So the answer was: 6

May 5

100 WC Week 31

I noticed the little things again they were strange… They were examining small insects. I was so much bigger than them I could have eaten them ages ago but they were fascinating. I was surprised that the big things hadn’t seen them or there boxes that seemed to follow them. One day they came up to my hole in the grate at first they seemed like they just wanted to look at me but then they put a nail through my leg. The pain was terrible and I felt like a wire was stuck up through my leg. I wanted to retaliate but the pain was too much then I blacked out.

May 1

Maths Mate Sheet 1 Question 23

Prediction: I predict this will be a magic square type problem.

Read: Place the numbers 6,7,8,9,10 in the circles so that the sum on every line is 24.

Clarification: None needed.

The Big Question: Place the numbers in the circles so that the sum of each line is 24.

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Break into manageable parts.

Solving: First since 5 was filled into a circle I worked out that 10 and 9 needed to go on the 5’s line. Then I worked out that 8 and 7 should go on the line with 9 because that equals 24. And then 6 is the only number left so that was what goes into the last circle.

Conclusion: So the answer was:

  •      10
  •    8     7   9
  • 6                      5