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Fermi problems

A Fermi problem involves making estimates and using mathematics to answer a question, in more colloquial language they might be termed ‘back of envelope’ calculations.Many of the questions don’t have clear cut answers, and sometimes alternative paths to solutions are possible.The level of mathematics required is...
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Capacity Problems

In this activity children are challenged to solve a range of problems relating to capacity in a meaningful context. Children choose a card from a series of cards with capacities indicated on them. They then work in pairs or small groups to discuss how they can create the quantity by using three containers of differing...
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Box problem

In this Core Maths task students investigate how to make a box of maximum volume from a given square of card. The ultimate objective is to model a method to work out a box of maximum volume for any size of rectangle.The activity sheet outlines the task for students.The first set of teachers' notes...
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Solving Linear Equations

Students are expected to be able to solve linear equations in one variable in a variety of contexts, including subject-based problems, using algebraic methods. This resource list contains a variety of activities requiring students to solve simple equations, two-step equations and equations in which the variable...
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28 April 2016

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Solving quadratic equations

This resource develops the concept of solving quadratic equations by taking square roots, completing the square, using the quadratic formula, and factoring.The resource is set in the practical context of a bus cutting a corner that has a cycle lane. When a bus turns a corner, it must swing out so that its rear wheels...
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Creating and Solving Equations A2

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to create and solve their own equations, where the unknown appears once. Most students will have been taught rules for solving equations such as ‘change the side, change the sign’ or ‘you always do the same to both sides’. When used without understanding,...
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NRICH 15 problems

15 problem solving activities from NRICH to support the development of student process skills. With supporting resources 
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18 November 2015

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Problem solving in mathematics: not such a new thing after all!

Problem solving is a key requirement of the new mathematics curriculum. The assessment objectives for the new mathematics GCSE states that a quarter of the marks at foundation level are awarded for students demonstrating their ability to solve problems, for the higher GCSE paper, the requirement is 30%.But as we all know, problem solving in mathematics is...

Compass: Common Problem Solving Strategies as Links between Mathematics and Science

This project worked to provide teachers with rich tasks to develop interdisciplinary approaches that bring together mathematics and science. The materials support students in exploring meaningful problems in a European context in ways that develop their scientific problem solving and inquiry skills. They are...
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Problem solving in mathematics: realising the vision through better assessment

This ACME report from June 2016 looks at problem solving in mathematics, with particular focus on summative assessment.Within the report ACME welcomes the strong emphasis on problem solving in recent reforms. It calls for "strong collaboration between the mathematics community, the Department for Education,...
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