Exploring maths through problem solving

Problem of the Week

Gold Rush!

Gold Rush!

This photograph from https://commonwealthgames.com.au, shows some of our Australian swimmers who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

At these games, there were 280 medalled events with 52 of these events being swimming events.

Australia won 25 swimming events. 

What percentage of the swimming events did Australia win?

Australia won 67 events altogether.

What percentage of the non-swimming events, did Australia win?

Super Ruler!

Super Ruler!

This super long ruler measures the heights of people.

If your height reached the mark indicated on the red arrow, how tall would you be in millimetres?

Equator through Ecuador

Equator through Ecuador

This photo shows equator in Ecuador, South America. The equator meets the coast of Ecuador at 80°4’ W; Gabon at 9°16’ E; Brazil at 51°3’ W; and Somalia at 45°1’ E.

Which continent has the longest length of the equator within it? What is this length?

Working with a square root.

Working with a square root.

When placed in the ground, the square root of the area occupied by this tree root is 1.5 metres. If the volume occupied by the tree root is 1.5 cubic metres, what is the depth of the square root?

Mincer Holes

Mincer Holes

Alison Kiddle says her dad bought himself a new mincer. She asks “How many holes? How would you count them?”

Differences in Lights

Differences in Lights

Two petrol prices are written here in little green lights.

What’s the difference in the number of lights making a 6 and the number of lights making an 8?

What’s the difference in the number of lights making a 6 and the number of lights making a 3?

How did you work out your answers?

Member Sign In