## Homeschool Maths Puzzles with Answers: The “Average” Question

The average of 5 numbers is 73. When 2 numbers were removed, the average decreased by 3. What is the average of the 2 numbers that were removed?

This is part of a series on Homeschool Math Challenging Puzzles, suitable for Grades 2-4. (Of course, students of other grades are also welcome to try them out.) The questions are suitable for:

• Preparation for GEP (Gifted Education Programme) screening and selection tests
• Puzzles for kids interested in math but find school work too easy.

This is literally an “average” question. 😛 The word “average” appears 3 times.

The trick is to focus on the total instead.

The total of the 5 numbers is: 73×5=365.

After removing 2 numbers, the average is 73-3=70.

Hence, the total of the 3 remaining numbers is: 70×3=210.

We can then conclude that, the total of the 2 removed numbers is:

365-210=155.

Hence, the average of the 2 removed numbers is: 155/2=77.5 or 75 1/2.

## Slow and Steady Snail (Homeschool Math Favorite Challenging Puzzles)

This is a favorite type of homeschool math challenging puzzle — The Snail question.

Question: An aquarium is 47 cm deep. A snail starts at the bottom of the aquarium. Each day, during the daytime the snail climbs up 8 cm, and during the nighttime the snail slides down 3 cm. How many days will it take for the snail to climb out of the aquarium?

This is part of a series on Homeschool Math Challenging Puzzles, suitable for Grades 2-4. (Of course, students of other grades are also welcome to try them out.) The questions are suitable for:

• Preparation for GEP (Gifted Education Programme) screening and selection tests
• Puzzles for kids interested in math but find school work too easy.

Solution:

A tempting answer would be 10 days. This is a trick! Those who get the answer “10 days” reason like this: each day the snail moves a net distance of 8-3=5 cm.

Hence, 47/5=9 R 2.

At the end of the 9th day, the snail moved 45 cm. Thus, rounding up will give 10 days as the answer. However, there is a tricky part to the question!

The correct answer is 9 days.

We can do a list:

Day 1 — 5 cm

Day 2 — 10 cm

Day 3 — 15 cm

Day 8 — 40 cm

Day 9 day time — 40 +8 = 48cm > 47 cm !!!

The snail is already out of the aquarium on Day 9!

## Stickers Math Question

Abby, Brian, Charles, Dennis and Eason have 50 stickers altogether.

Abby has the most stickers — she has 12 stickers.

In second place (tied) are Brian and Charles.

In third place is Dennis.

In fourth place is Eason, with 6 stickers.

How many stickers does Dennis have?

This is part of a series on Homeschool Math Challenging Puzzles, suitable for Grades 2-4. (Of course, students of other grades are also welcome to try them out.) The questions are suitable for:

• Preparation for GEP (Gifted Education Programme) screening and selection tests
• Puzzles for kids interested in math but find school work too easy.

For this type of questions, the easiest way to do is “trial and error”, also known as “guess and check”.

Firstly, lets check how many stickers B, C, and D have together:

50-12-6=32

 B C D Total (B+C+D) Comments 9 9 14 32 Wrong! Since D is more than A 10 10 12 32 Wrong! Since D is tied with A 11 11 10 32 Correct! 12 12 8 32 Wrong! Since B, C is tied with A

For guess and check, the most important thing is to be systematic, rather than guess wildly. For instance, we can systematically increase our guesses for B, C.

We can see that the only logical answer is:

B= C=11

D=10

## 成语数学

An alternative answer to Q1) 20 除 3 is “陆续不断”.

20除以3，因为它的答案接近于6.6666，所以这道题的答案是陆续不断，或者是六六大顺都行，百分之一就是百里挑一，9寸加1寸等于一尺即是得寸进尺，12345609，七零八落，1、3、5、7、9无双数所以叫做举世无双，或者你把它答出天下无双都行，如此小升初的难题您答对了吗？

1) 20 除 3
2）1 除100
3）9寸+1寸=1尺
4）12345609
5）1,3,5,7,9

1) 20/3= 6.666 六六大顺
2）百中挑一
3）得寸進尺
4）七零八落
5）举世无双

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