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Which number is the odd one out?

January27

These talented young dancers are doing a routine for a judge – who will score them using their numbers. Above them are two more numbers, making the sequence 5, 7, 2, 5 or (top to bottom) 7, 5, 5, 2. My students enjoyed coming into class and, when seeing four numbers on the board, trying […]

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Largest Prime Number for 2016

December26

As the new year approaches, you may be (or not be) interested to learn that the largest known prime number is 274,207,281– 1. This number is an incredible 22 million digits long and 5 million digits longer than the second largest prime number. Hang on to your primes you might ask, “Why are prime numbers important? […]

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It’s true – H3 in retirement mode after reaching a prime target!

December28

Yes, young blog readers…you saw it here first. H3 has officially retired after 43 years of teaching. Note the prime number “43” which is, of course, still prime when you add the digits together! What does this mean for this blog? Perhaps more posts once H3 settles into the new home. Meanwhile, sit back and […]

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Math in its Prime…

August11

A few years ago an old school textbook that H3 used explained that 1 was not a prime number “because of the Liquorice Factory”! The attached pdf is a great worksheet for students (and other readers of this blog) to examine the kind of machines that we need in order to produce liquorice in lengths […]

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10 x 9 x 8 + (7 + 6) x 5 x 4 x (3 + 2) x 1 = 2020

NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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