Google Groups no longer supports new Usenet posts or subscriptions. Historical content remains viewable.

Solve This Math Puzzle …

Skip to first unread message

Ruthe Holdvogt

Dec 3, 2023, 4:17:38 AM12/3/23
The farmer has 3 sheep, 2 goats, and 1 horse. You can solve this easy math riddle with a quick hypothetical. Take sheep: we know that there are three animals that are goats and horses, so we suppose there are two goats and one horse. Checking this hypothesis gives us three sheep, which works out because there are four non-goats: three sheep, and one horse! Now that you know the answer to this one, try solving these other animal riddles.

The answer to this math riddle is 21. You probably just guessed to answer this math riddle, which is fine, but you can also work it out algebraically. The two-digit number ab stands for 10a + b since the first digit represents tens and the second represents units. If 10a + b = 7(a + b), then 10a + b = 7a + 7b, and so 3a = 6b, or, more simply, a = 2b. That is, the second digit must be twice the first. The smallest such number is 21. Check out these brain teasers if you really want to give your brain a workout.

Solve This Math Puzzle 
Download Zip

Math puzzles are one of the best -- and oldest -- ways to encourage student engagement. Brain teasers, logic puzzles and math riddles give students challenges that encourage problem-solving and logical thinking. They can be used in classroom gamification, and to inspire students to tackle problems they might have previously seen as too difficult.

Have students practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills by searching for hidden math equations in a word search-style puzzle. It can be adapted to any skill you want students to practice, and promotes a solid understanding of basic math facts.

Pre-algebraic puzzles use fun substitutions to get students ready to perform basic functions and encourage them to build problem-solving skills. They promote abstract reasoning and challenge students to think critically about the problems in front of them.As an added bonus, students who suffer from math anxiety might find the lack of complicated equations reassuring, and be more willing to attempt a solution.

There are hundreds of ways to use dominoes in your math classroom, but this puzzle gives students a chance to practice addition and multiplication in a fun, hands-on way. You can have students work alone or in pairs to complete the puzzle.

This is also a great math puzzle to try if your students are tactile learners. Using recycled bottle caps, label each with a number from one to nine. Have your students arrange them in a three by three square so that the sum of any three caps in a line (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) equals 15.

This activity uses the same materials and concept as the magic square, but asks students to arrange the numbers one to six in a triangle where all three sides equal the same number. There are a few different solutions to this puzzle, so encourage students to see how many they can find.

This interactive logic puzzle was invented by a French mathematician named Edouard Lucas in 1883. It even comes with an origin story: According to legend, there is a temple with three posts and 64 golden disks.

Many of the math puzzles above allow students to practice essential addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills, while advanced or modified problems can be used to introduce pre-algebraic concepts and advanced logic skills.

Math puzzles allow students to develop foundational skills in a number of key areas, and can influence how students approach math practically and abstractly. You can also tie them into strategies like active learning and differentiated instruction.

Instead of just teaching facts and formulas, math puzzles allow you to connect directly with core standards in the curriculum. You can also use them to provide a valuable starting point for measuring how well students are developing their critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills.

Use problems like the mobius strip to awe and amaze your students before drawing them into a larger discussion about the mathematical concept that it represents. If possible, make math puzzles physical using recycled craft supplies or modular tools.

Be aware that it might take a while to get all your students on board -- they could be hesitant about approaching unfamiliar problems or stuck in the unenthusiasm that math class often brings. Consider creating a weekly leaderboard in your classroom for the students that complete the most puzzles, or work through a few as a class before sending students off on their own.

If you managed to solve this math question, then you should try our more advanced logical-mathematical brain teasers. Join MentalUP in two simple steps to compare your math performance with your peer group.

The mathematics problem is a bit like Sudoku on steroids. It's called Euler's officer problem, after Leonhard Euler, the mathematician who first proposed it in 1779. Here's the puzzle: You're commanding an army with six regiments. Each regiment contains six different officers of six different ranks. Can you arrange them in a 6-by-6 square without repeating a rank or regiment in any given row or column?

Mysterious banners at a Cambridge, Mass., subway stop have commuters scratching their heads. The signs, challenging passers-by to solve a complicated math problem, are actually a cryptic pitch by Google, which is looking to hire more brainy engineers. Andrea Shea reports.

The correct answer to the banner problem leads to a Web site that poses yet another puzzle. Eventually, the determined problem-solver lands at a Google Web page that asks the smart, or lucky, few for a resume.

Mathematical puzzles make up an integral part of recreational mathematics. They have specific rules, but they do not usually involve competition between two or more players. Instead, to solve such a puzzle, the solver must find a solution that satisfies the given conditions. Mathematical puzzles require mathematics to solve them. Logic puzzles are a common type of mathematical puzzle.

Try to solve this Math Puzzle within 20 seconds. If you enjoy solving riddles and math problems, then this math puzzle will be a treat for you. Difficult math puzzles are tricky more than regular math problems. These are usually represented with visual elements to make them impossible to solve. One has to have knowledge of mathematical concepts to be able to perform arithmetical operations correctly. We challenge Math enthusiasts to solve this tricky flower math problem.

So, we have sum of 3 red flowers = 60, if we divide both the LHS and RHS by 3 then we get the result that the value of 1 red flower is equal to 20. Now, we shall use the value of 1 red flower to solve the next row of the math problem. See the picture below to understand better.

One should not be quick to apply the values immediately. Notice carefully, the blue flower has only 4 petals in this equation. Hence, we shall take the value of 1 blue flower in this equation as 4. Look at the solved equation below.

Use this calculator to solve mathematics diamond problems. Enter any two interger values and the calculator will solve for the other two. The equations used in the steps to solve for the answer will also be shown.

Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems.

The motivation for starting Project Euler, and its continuation, is to provide a platform for the inquiring mind to delve into unfamiliar areas and learn new concepts in a fun and recreational context.

Step up your next math class or math lesson by kicking off the session with a fun math puzzle. Beginning with a math puzzle will engage your students by having them buy into solving it. Students can work independently, in small groups, or as a class to solve these math puzzles. You can project them onto the board, load them onto your smartboard, or print them for your learners.

Working with the numbers 1 to 9 only, the students will need to manipulate these numbers to ensure that the sum of numbers on every side of the triangle is the same. Your learner might need to give this puzzle a couple of tries!

Sudoku is a common math puzzle that works on students' critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. Sudoku has a variety of math riddles because there are many different puzzles that students can solve. This puzzle also requires students to work with numbers 1 to 9 as well.

Your middle school students or child will work with blank squares and place the salamanders in the correct spots. You can print this worksheet for students to complete during class time as they cut and paste the salamanders or you can show your students this puzzle on your SMARTBoard.

Students will work through this cross shape grid puzzle to fill in the blanks with the given numbers. It will keep the students busy, especially because there is more than one puzzle on the page. The students can compare to see if they got the same answers!

Sometimes, teachers and parents simply prefer a hard copy. Having a physical copy of a book such as this one will allow you to take it right up to the photocopier and print multiple pages right on the spot. Books such as this contain many different types of math puzzles.

This puzzle is sure to challenge students. Even your brightest students will enjoy looking at and attempting to solve this adorable math puzzle. Looking at division and addition, your middle school learners will work on solving the weight of each type of animal.

As a spin on the traditional crossword puzzle, students will solve math equations to figure out the answers and write them right in the boxes. This type of puzzle may be more suited for your more advanced students depending on their mathematics skills.

If you are looking for a number-less math puzzle for your students, check out Colorku puzzles. These puzzles focus on critical skills such as analyzing, sequencing and reasoning. These skills can be transferred to many other math problems. It will work on their essential logic skills.
0 new messages