### I'm Eight

Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.

### Let's Investigate Triangles

Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

### Noah

Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?

# School Fair Necklaces

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

We had a number of solutions sent in.  Most treated the bracelets as being in a straight line rather than in a circle, which can make it more difficult to check whether you are duplicating ones already found.

We had the following from Lyneham Primary Junior Maths Challenge Group in Australia:

On Friday we worked on the necklaces problem in our maths group.
We used some different coloured counting blocks (unifix) to make symmetrical patterns of eight blocks with two colours.
We figured out that with those blocks we could make six different combinations that were symmetrical (see picture). And then we figured out that it didn't matter if you cut half of it off because they are symmetrical, so the halves are exactly the same.
We found six different towers of four blocks, two of each colour (see at the bottom of the photo). So therefore there are six possible ways you can do it.

We also heard from Cole and Sachi at Randlay Primary School:

I used O,G,G,O,O,G,G,O* for number one.
For number two we did O,G,O,G,G,O,G,O.
Number three: G,O,G,O,O,G,O,G.
Number four we did O,O,G,G,G,G,O,O.
Number five: G,G,O,O,O,O,G,G.
*O stands for orange and G stands for green.
We found over five ways to do the challenge that were different and symmetrical with the same colour.

I wonder whether you can see the sixth way that you've missed out?

Lara-Jade at Bay Primary School wrote:

I started with nine beads and worked out that because it has to be symmetrical the bead at the bottom must be of one colour because the clue says four beads of one colour and five beads of the other colour. So I thought yellow could be at the bottom and my pattern was:
Y,G,Y,G,(Y),G,Y,G,Y.
Then I worked out 13 beads. I thought because it is another odd number the bead at the bottom must be the colour of bead with the most in it. So I worked out the pattern which was
Y,G,Y,G,Y,G,(Y),G,Y,G,Y,G,Y.
Then I tried to work out what 10 was. Then I tried it and thought that it wouldn't work because it was even but I was wrong. So I tried it again and got the pattern right which was:
Y,G,Y,G,(Y)(Y),G,Y,G,Y.
I then moved onto 12. Because 10 worked 12 MUST work so I worked out the pattern which was: Y,G,Y,G,Y,(G)(G),Y,G,Y,G,Y.
Finally, I did 11 beads. And worked out the pattern which was:
G,Y,G,Y,G,(Y),G,Y,G,Y,G.

We had an email sent in from a teacher in Oregon U.S.A. saying:

My students at Springwater Environmental Sciences School found there were zero combinations that worked if you used 5 beads of each colour. I have attached a few explanations.