Mathsmate: Term 3, Sheet 2

Problem 22: Carl looked at the page numbers on the open book in front of him. The left and right page numbers added to 333. What were the page numbers?

Predict: I predict I will need to use division and addition in this problem.

Clarify:  I have no words, sentences or phrases to clarify.

Find the big question: What are the page numbers?


  1. I need to start by splitting 333 in half, because they need to be consecutive. Picture a book, the page numbers are consecutive,, aren’t they?
  2. It is 166.5 but I will round that up to 167.
  3. 167+168=335.
  4. So I will round down to 166.
  5. 166+167=333!


The mathematicians toolbox strategy I used in this problem was break it into manageable parts.

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