This is a perfect programme for anyone wishing to practice their mental maths prior to playing the board game or to simply give the brain a numerical work-out.
The online programme
Our Mathematically Possible online programme generates three random numbers from 1-10. Your task is to find which whole numbers are mathematically possible to make in the range 1-30.
Alternatively, you can decide to type in your own numbers from 1-6, and so replicate the rolling of three dice, as happens in the board game.
Here’s a typical example. Can you find the SIX possible answers when using the three numbers 6, 6 and 6 once each, with + – × and ÷ available? Solutions are provided below.
You can click this to access the programme, but I would strongly advise to read on first to get the best out of the programme.
How to use the online programme
You can either:
- Click New Question and work with the three random numbers generated, or
- Change Use Your Own Numbers to Yes, type in three numbers of your choice from 1-10 and then click New Question.
As always, you will have + – × ÷ available to use when manipulating the three numbers.
Then, there are three effective ways Mathematically Possible online can be used:
- Using the three numbers, a teacher could simply ask the class to find which target numbers from 1-30 they think are mathematically possible to make, or
- By clicking the Hint button, users are told how many target numbers are possible; get the class to try and find them all, or
- When the Show Ways button is clicked, all the possible answers from 1-30 are listed; ask your students to show how these target answers can be made.
Practice for the board game
Remember, this only covers the initial calculation part of the Mathematically Possible board game; you will only come across the exciting strategic and decision-making aspect of the game when playing the actual board game itself.
By the way, the SIX numbers from 1-30 that are possible to make using 6, 6 and 6 are:
2 5 6 7 18 30
Ready to play online?
If you are ready, click this to play Mathematically Possible online.