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Jr Maths Challenge: April 2018

Jr Maths Challenge: April 2018

In William Shakespeare’s play, “As You Like It”, Rosalind speaks to Orlando [and says],
“He that will divide a minute into a thousand parts”.
Which of the following is equal to the number of seconds in one thousandth of a minute
a) 0.24   b) 0.6   c) 0.024   d) 0.06   e) 0.006
This Maths Challenge Question, from a past paper, gives a flavour of what 113 Year 7 and Year 8 Junior Maths Challenge students will face when they open the competition paper, on Thursday 26th April, 2018. 
The Maths Challenge is the UK’s biggest national maths competition, and every year thousands of students enter. As the example shows, the questions are brain teasers that require candidates to think in ways that conventional examinations do not. 
GMS thanks Mr Day for organising the entries and all the candidates are wished the best of luck.
Examples of other past paper questions are below, have a go!
The square of a non-zero number is equal to 70 per cent of the original number. What is the original number?
Is it – 700, 70,  7, or 0.7
Joseph’s flock has 55 per cent more sheep than goats. What is the ratio of goats to sheep in the flock? Is it – 9.11, 20.31, 11.20, or 5.9
What is the value of 4.5 × 5.5 + 4.5 × 4.5?
Is it – 36.5, 45, 50, 90
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