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 Post subject: Maths Question and speedPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:25 pm

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I was looking at one of the Maths questions with my daughter. The question is

Gretchen pays \$29.99 for a DVD on her holiday. The exchange rate is Â£1=\$1.90. How much was DVD in pounds?

What is the best way to do this question in shortest possible time?

Thanks for the help !!

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 Post subject: Re: Maths Question and speedPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:48 pm

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devg wrote:
I was looking at one of the Maths questions with my daughter. The question is

Gretchen pays \$29.99 for a DVD on her holiday. The exchange rate is Â£1=\$1.90. How much was DVD in pounds?

What is the best way to do this question in shortest possible time?

Thanks for the help !!

Well for a starters the exchange rate is not realistic anymore
and I though DVDs were cheaper in the US anyway... unless it is maybe a box set?

Personally I would just go for long division... divide 299.9 by 19

but you could be at it for a while... it's not exact... does it say how close you need to get... number of DP?

Â£15.78...

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 Post subject: Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:02 pm

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Hi SVE,

Thanks for the response. I agree that it is better to do it this way and not try dividing 2999 by 190. For CSSE Maths, I think it is apprxmt. 1 minute a question. Hence wanted to know, if there were faster ways of doing this. The question paper which we were looking at wanted the answer in 2 decimals.

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 Post subject: Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:10 pm

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devg wrote:
Hi SVE,

Thanks for the response. I agree that it is better to do it this way and not try dividing 2999 by 190. For CSSE Maths, I think it is apprxmt. 1 minute a question. Hence wanted to know, if there were faster ways of doing this. The question paper which we were looking at wanted the answer in 2 decimals.

maybe an estimate...

29.99 approx \$30

1.9 approx 2 \$/Â£

But 2dp suggests it's got to be division...

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:08 pm

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Which year is the question from?

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:43 pm

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This was from one of the test papers which we downloaded from *** Advertising Censored *** Education web site

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:28 pm

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I've never seen an Essex paper that requires long division.

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