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# News

## June/July 2012

In this month's News you will find:

Tasks of the Month
Task 212, Monkeys & Bananas
Task 235, Tables For 25

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• Tasks of the Month
Two new cameos this month.
• Monkeys & Bananas is a silly story about three monkeys who work all day to build a pile of bananas and then flop into bed too tired to eat them. However, in the night each one in turn gets up, eats a banana and hides a third of what's left. In the morning they can equally share the remaining bananas. How many bananas were there in the original pile? The puzzle is actually quite intriguing for students at all levels, including senior high school.
• Tables For 25 derives from a real class faced with the challenge of sitting in groups of a certain size with the extra restriction that there must be at least two boys at each table. Obviously they knew how many students were in the class and how many of those were boys. What they didn't know was the number of different solutions to the problem and the wealth of related problems this would open up.

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Half the education world is about to start winter holidays and the other half is taking summer holidays. We're joining the non-working throngs and taking leave in July. Your next Mathematics Centre eNews will be in August.

Keep smiling,
Doug.

### Link List

• Did you miss May News?
If so you missed information about:
1. Potato Olympics
2. Puzzle Olympics
3. Body Shape Geometry
4. Crossing The River 1: addition
5. Snakes & Ladders: a new Maths300 lesson
6. Iceberg Information about two Tasks of the Month
(Tasks 160, 201)
7. ...and more...

### Did You Know?

• You can find tasks coded by Year Level and Curriculum Strand in the Task Centre Catalogue (PDF file).

• The Activities link of Calculating Changes offers Content Finder & Year Level Finder tools.

• Our Site Map acts as a Table of Contents to help you find what you need in Mathematics Centre.

• You can search for lessons by Year Level, Curriculum Strand, Lesson Features & Keyword at Maths300.

• You can connect Tasks to their Maths300 companion lesson using Tasks & Maths300 (a PDF file).
Excel version provided by Pymble Ladies' College

• All these links, and more, appear in Working with Mathematics Centre (a PDF file).

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