Parallelogram 32 Level 4 11 Apr 2024Circle Mystery

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Noun: Parallelogram Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈlɛləɡram/

  1. a portmanteau word combining parallel and telegram. A message sent each week by the Parallel Project to bright young mathematicians.
  • Tackle each Parallelogram in one go. Don’t get distracted.
  • Finish by midnight on Sunday if your whole class is doing parallelograms.
  • Your score & answer sheet will appear immediately after you hit SUBMIT.
  • Don’t worry if you score less than 50%, because it means you will learn something new when you check the solutions.

1. Intermediate Maths Challenge Problem (UKMT)

2 marks

1.1 What is 25% of 34?

  • 316
  • 14
  • 13
  • 1
  • 3
  • (Not answered)

As 25% of a number is one quarter of it, 25% of 34 is 14×34=316.

2. Intermediate Maths Challenge Problem (UKMT)

3 marks

2.1 To the nearest whole number, what percentage of 34 is 23?

Correct Solution: 89 %

We can re-write the question as:




3. Circle mystery

This is a video from the terrific Numberphile channel on YouTube. It features one of the world’s greatest mathematicians, Neil Sloane. As well making breakthroughs in mathematics, he has written two books on rock-climbing. Watch this video, which looks at an apparently simple question about circles … then answer the questions after.

(If you have problems watching the video, right click to open it in a new window)

2 marks

3.1 According to the rules in the video, which of these arrangements of two circles is not allowed?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • (Not answered)
2 marks

3.2 According the rules, how many ways can you arrange two circles?

Correct Solution: 3

2 marks

3.3 Here are some arrangements for three circles. According the rules, which two arrangements are the same? Add up the two numbers of the duplicate arrangements and enter it in the box.

Correct Solution: 16

Arrangements 7 and 9 are the same, so the total is 16.

3 marks

3.4 According the rules, how many ways can you arrange four circles?

Correct Solution: 173

3 marks

3.5 According the rules, how many ways can you arrange five circles?

Correct Solution: 16951

4. Intermediate Maths Challenge Problem (UKMT)

3 marks

4.1. Zac halves a certain number and then adds 8 to the result. He finds that he obtains the same answer if he doubles his original number and then subtracts 8 from the result.

What is Zac’s original number?

  • 823
  • 913
  • 923
  • 1013
  • 1023
  • (Not answered)

Let Zac’s original number be x. When Zac halves this and adds 8 he obtains 12x+8. When he doubles his original number and subtracts 8, the result is 2x8.

As these answers are the same, 12x+8=2x8. Therefore 32x=16. Hence x=23×16=323=1023.

5. Parallel emails

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1 mark

5.1 If you do want to give us an alternate email address, be sure to click the link above (if you haven’t already). Either way, here's a free mark, just for being a fan of Parallel.

  • Thank you!
  • (Not answered)

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  • A score of less than 50% is ok – it means you can learn lots from your mistakes.
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Cheerio, Simon.