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Problem solving using basic algebra - finding the weight of three cats

Problem solving using basic algebra - finding the weight of three cats
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Key Info
  • Problem solving using basic algebra - finding the weight of three cats
  • Duration: 01:41
  • A vet has weighed three of his cats - Tibbles, Nibbles and Scribbles. Tibbles and Nibbles together weigh 7kg. Nibbles and Scribbles together weigh 8kg and Tibbles and Scribbles together weigh 11kg. He challenges students to find the weight of each cat individually.
  • Subject:

    Maths

       Topic:

    Problem Solving: Measures and Shape

  • Keywords: trial, error, problem solving, mass, weight, problem, algebra
Ideas for use in class
  • Pupils could work in pairs or groups to solve the problem. They could discuss strategies and work through ideas - the trial and error approach. The pairs or groups could report back to the class before the final part of the clip.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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