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Children Sharing Money

Al, Bee, Cecil, and Di have , and , respectively. Their father proposed that Al and Bee share their wealth equally, and then Bee and Cecil do likewise, and then Cecil and Di. Their mother’s plan is the same except … Continue reading

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Cottages on a Straight Road

There are four cottages on a straight road. The distance between Ted’s and Alice’s cottages is km. Both Bob’s and Carol’s cottages are twice as far from Alice’s as they are from Ted’s. Find the distance between Bob’s and Carol’s … Continue reading

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Partners in Integers

Two integers are said to be partners if both are divisible by the same set of prime numbers. Find the number of positive integer less than that have no partners less than . Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, August 2006 Solution … Continue reading

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Water in Glass Box

A glass box cm, closed on all six sides, is partially filled with colored water. When the box is placed on one of its sides, the water level is cm above the table. If the box is placed on one … Continue reading

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Making Triangles

You have six sticks of lengths , and cm. Find the number of noncongruent triangles that can be formed using three of these sticks as sides. Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, August 2006 Solution Three sticks make a triangle. There are … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Committee

There are members in the U.S. Senate ( from each state). In how many ways can a committee of senators be formed if no state may be represented more than once? Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, August 2006 Solution We want … Continue reading

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Interest Earned

At the end of every month, Elle deposits into a savings account with an annual interest rate of percent, compounded monthly. How much interest will be earned at the end of four years? Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, August 2006 Solution … Continue reading

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Five Same Numbers

You roll five fair, six-sided dice, all at the same time. In that one roll, what is the probability of getting five of the same number? Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, September 2006 Solution When you roll five dice at the … Continue reading

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Two Equilateral Triangles

If two equilateral triangles of area intersect to form a regular hexagon, then what is the area of the hexagon? Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, September 2006 Solution If we subdivide an equilateral triangle into smaller congruent equilateral triangles as shown … Continue reading

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Difference of Two Squares

Which one of the following numbers cannot be expressed as the difference of the squares of two integers? (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Source: NCTM Mathematics Teacher, September 2006 Solution Let be an odd integer and for some integer and … Continue reading

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