This section of our website describes an excellent piece of software that covers the initial arithmetic part of the Mathematically Possible board game, perfect for those wishing to practice their mental maths prior to playing the game or to simply give the brain a numerical work-out.
Our Mathematically Possible online programme generates three random numbers from 1-10. Your task is to find which whole numbers are possible to make in the range 1-30.
Alternatively, you can decide to type in your own numbers from 1-6 to replicate the rolling of three dice, as happens in the board game.
A TYPICAL EXAMPLE
Imagine you’ve rolled 6, 6 and 6 with your three dice.
Can you find the SIX possible answers when using these three numbers once each, with + – × and ÷ available?
Solutions are provided further below.
You can click this to access the online programme, but I would strongly advise to read on first to get the most out of it.
HOW TO USE THE PROGRAMME
Initially, you can either:
- Click New Question and work with the three random numbers generated for you, or
- Change Use Your Own Numbers to Yes, type in three numbers of your choice from 1-10, and then click New Question.
As always, you will have + – × ÷ available to use when manipulating the three numbers.
There are now three effective ways Mathematically Possible online can be used:
- Using the three numbers, a teacher could simply ask the class to find which target numbers from 1-30 they think are mathematically possible to make, or
- Click the Hint button; users are told how many target numbers are possible, instruct the class to try and find them, or
- Click the Show Ways button; all the possible target answers from 1-30 are listed, ask your students to show how these target answers can be found.
GREAT ARITHMETICAL PRACTICE
Remember, this only covers the initial calculation part of the Mathematically Possible board game; you will only come across the exciting strategic and decision-making aspect of the game when playing the actual board game itself.
By the way, the SIX numbers from 1-30 that are possible to make using the three numbers 6, 6 and 6 (together with workings) are:
2 5 6 7 18 30
(6+6)÷6=2; 6–(6÷6)=5; 6+6–6=6; 6+(6÷6)=7; 6+6+6=18; (6×6)–6=30
READY TO PRACTICE ONLINE?
If you are ready to play Mathematically Possible online, please click this.