Mathematics

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Winter Master Classes: Book your place!

Between January 2nd and 10th, we will be hosting Winter Master Classes in Mathematics. Run by Vivek Gathani, teacher of mathematics and director of Trefoil Tutors, Master Classes are two-hour-long group study sessions on specific topics in mathematics. In each two-hour session, the tutor will work with a group of 2-4 pupils. The cost of one two-hour session is £40.

More information about the Master Classes and booking your place can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Trefoil Puzzle #116

Mr. and Mrs. Payload were walking home from the shopping mall with their purchases when Mr. Payload began to complain that his load was too heavy.

Mrs. Payload turned to her husband and said, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about because if you gave me one of your parcels, I would have twice as many as you, and if I gave you just one of mine, we would have equal loads.”

How many parcels were each carrying?

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Trefoil Puzzle #115

Three brothers and their respective wives were traveling through the country when they came to a river. Their only means of crossing was in a small canoe which would only carry 2 people at a time. The three men were very jealous of each other. Not one of the brothers would leave his wife alone in the boat, or on the shore with another brother, unless that brother’s wife was also present. How many crossings were necessary to get the happy clan across the river and? Give an example of how they would cross.