Eight Days a Week
Eight questions for each week - one-a-day and a bonus
Key Stage suitability • Explanation
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Eight Days a Week
Puzzles, problems and questions to activate the mind.
Members of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics first thought of putting together some puzzles and problems which could provide a source for use by local radio and other media. The questions needed to be presented so they could be delivered verbally and be of interest to people of all ages, with or without a mathematical background.
This collection contains eight questions for each week of the year (hence the title - if you were wondering) - enough for one-a-day and a bonus. The questions vary in difficulty and in the length of time they take, so questions 7 and 8 are longer and/or harder than questions 1 and 2. Different people will find difficulty with different questions, however, so some may find they ‘see’ the answer to a question 5 yet can’t get started with a question 2.
You may have this book to work on the questions yourself or to give questions for other people to do. We hope there will be some questions that you find interesting and make you think about numbers differently than you had done before...
Edited by Chris Bills
Illustrated by John Binns
ISBN 1 898611 09 2
You may have this book to work on the questions yourself or to give questions for other people to do. We hope there will be some questions that you find interesting and make you think about numbers differently than you had done before. We certainly hope you will discover something that you did not know before. Above all we want you to enjoy working on some of these questions. If you don’t get interested in a question you don’t have to work on it - there are plenty here and there should be something to appeal to everyone.
Many of the questions can be worked out with a calculator. It would be a good idea to use one if you can because this is not an arithmetic test. You may prefer to use traditional pen and paper methods but if you are more interested in how to get the answer and in thinking about what the answers tell you, then spend your time on this and not on the calculation.
We have given some answers in the back of the book but in many instances there are more than one answer and you may have a different one than the one given. You should check to see if our answer is a possible solution to your interpretation of the question but also convince yourself that your answer is a correct alternative. We hope there is an opportunity for you to discuss answers with other people and to work on the solutions with others.
Inevitably this book will be used by a variety of people for a variety of purposes. It will provide questions for pub quizzes, puzzle spots on radio and in newspapers, problem-of-the-week in football programmes, maths brain teasers in parish magazines, worksheets and family homework for children and their carers. However it is used, we hope the spirit in which the questions were collected gets through to those who tackle them. We want to inspire and intrigue not depress and demotivate. We want to allow you to be inventive and imaginative. The questions should give opportunities for discoveries. Not least we hope you will discover that you can do some maths and that you enjoy doing it.