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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:46 pm 
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I am sure this is too easy, I make the answer 10 days but I feel its a trick question.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:49 pm 
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Here's the question


My friend George is really good at maths so I decide to ask him some tricky questions to see if I can catch him out. Needless to say he got it right.

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The area of mould growing on my bathroom wall doubles every day. After 13 days the area covered is 2880cm2. After how many days did the area first exceed 300cm2?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:02 pm 
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Yes easy just work backwards, halving.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:03 pm 
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After 13 days the area covered is 2880cm2. After how many days did the area first exceed 300cm2?



So 12 days was .... 1440 cm^2.

11 days was 720 cm^2

10 days was 360 cm^2 so 9 days isn't over 300

Could you please post questions only once in future?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:07 pm 
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Apologies - last minute panic! Thanks for your reply. I thought it was supposed to be a trick question, looked TOO easy.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:10 pm 
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It's a 'inverse operation' question - ie working backwards. I bet a lot of children panicked and got it wrong.


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