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Three Digits

Three Digits

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Published by Brian Westerman
permutations, place value, problem solving, number fans and beads
permutations, place value, problem solving, number fans and beads

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Published by: Brian Westerman on Jun 10, 2007
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Three digits
A mathematical investigation 
Resources: digit fans, unit cubes
You start with three numbers – a
7
, a
9
and a
4
.Re-order them to make a new number, for example, 947,nine hundred and forty seven.What is the largest number you can make by re-ordering them?What is the smallest number you can make by re-ordering them?Can you list all the possible numbers that can be made with these threedigits?(Clue – there are 6 different 3-digit numbers to find)Try again with the digits 1, 5 and 3.What is the largest number you can make by re-ordering them?What is the smallest number you can make by re-ordering them?Can you list all the possible numbers that can be made with these threedigits?How can you be sure you’ve got them all?
Now for something slightly harder! 
Imagine you have 25 beads (or usecubes). You have to make a three-digitnumber on an abacus.You must use all 25 beads for eachnumber you make.How many different three-digitnumbers can you make?Write them in order.

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