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2016 starters

January 1, 2016

Need some starters ideas for 2016? Here are some starting ideas then. Enjoy and let me know which ones went well in the comments.

Adding the digits (Mine)

2+0+1+6 = 9

When are the next five years that will add up to 9?

Divisible (Thanks to Matt Parker)

2015 was divisible by 5 but sadly 2016 isn’t. Which of the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 is 16 divisible by?

What is the next year that will be divisible by 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9?

The Classic… (Thanks to me)

Can you make all the numbers from 1 to 10 (or 20 etc) using the digits 2, 0 , 1 and 6 with whatever combination of symbols you like?

Depending on the class, you might insist on using all 4 digits. You might allow factorials and indices. You’ll have to decide whether the 2 and 0 can be stuck together to make 20.*

The Classic part 2… (Thanks to me)

Same as above but you can’t change the order of 2 0 1 6

Symmetrical Sum (Thanks to Cliff Pickover)

You could blank some of these out and ask a class to work them out.

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I have the power (Inspired by Simon Pampena)

Solve Solving power 2016

Roll on next year (Mine)

2016 is sooo this year. How long is it until the next one? (In seconds of course.)

Palindromes (Mine)

Will there be any palindromic dates this year?

It’s a triangle (Inspired by Matt Parker)

2016 is a triangle number so it would be possible to go 2016-pin bowling.

How many rows of pins would there be?


The Mathematical Association wished us all a very successful

sum of 1 to 63

Right. That’s me done. Hopefully there’s something in there that you can just use straight away or perhaps adapt to your needs.

Oh, and

Happy 2016(Thanks to Paul Crowley)


*What’s the word for this? I’m sure it has one.

From → Maths, Starters, Teaching

  1. Dale permalink

    * = juxtaposed?

  2. * = Concatenated? That is the excel function anyway! Thanks for these, will be using most of them!

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