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CLIP 11254

Alien tug of war

Alien tug of war
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Key Info
  • Alien tug of war
  • Duration: 01:44
  • Three tied tug-of-war matches are shown between various sorts of aliens, all of which have different weights. Marcus du Sautoy asks panellists to work out which combination of aliens will also make the last match a tie as well. The relative weights or denominations of the aliens must be worked out to solve the problem. This item was taken from Mind Games, first broadcast in March 2007.
  • Subject:

    Maths

       Topic:

    Key Processes and Thinking

  • Keywords: algebra, conversion, problem solving, logic
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as a starter activity during a series of lessons on converting units, or just as a logic puzzle.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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