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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:51 pm 
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Hi,

Please help, I can't see the series so how am I supposed it explain to my DC.

35, 5, 30, 6, 24, (__), 16, 16


The answer is 8.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:05 pm 
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Hi, if I'm seeing it correctly I believe it's as follows:
35(/7), 5, 30 (/5), 6, 24(/3), 8, 16(/1), 16

So each number is divided by 2 less each time & the answer follows.
Hope this makes sense, I'm hopeless at explaining :oops: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:14 pm 
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thank you

I just couldn't see a pattern - but you explained it beautifully.

But I have never seen one this complex before (but then I haven't done any of the papers yet) - are 10 and 11 year olds really expected to work this out?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:19 pm 
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In our experience it got much easier once you get used to the patterns that are used, for example the one you just asked will show up in another set of questions or book, the numbers will of course be different but the theory exactly the same. If you keep using tests & books, the patterns should become much clearer.......hopefully :?
Best of luck!!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:26 pm 
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thank you for your prompt replies and your words of encouragement.


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You're most welcome, glad to help!! :D


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DC had no problems with it all - it is the mum that is the dumbo!

(I try the questions before hand so that I can go through them with him - maybe it should be the other way around.)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:38 pm 
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Don't worry they do seem to get easier with practice - DS after practice seemed to be able to see the answer before I had understood the question :oops:

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