Students’ national maths challenge success - try your hand at some of the questions

Year 12 students Evie Ryan and Aleks Wilkinson won bronze in a national maths challenge
Year 12 students Evie Ryan and Aleks Wilkinson won bronze in a national maths challenge

Two young brainboxes at Hipperholme Grammar School scored bronze in a national senior mathematics challenge.

Year 12 students Aleks Wilkinson and Evie Ryan won a bronze award in the hour-and-a-half-long challenging test - which deducts marks for wrong answers.

Lizzie Bell missed out by one mark.

Test your knowledge with some of the questions in the test - and no calclulators were allowed in the test!:

Which of the following cannot be written as the sum of two prime numbers:

A 5 B 7 C 9 D 10 E 11

Professor Rosseforp runs to work every day. On Thursday he ran 10% faster than his usual fastest speed. As a result his journey time was reduced by x minutes. How many minutes did the journey take on Wednesday?

A 11x B 10x C 9x D 8x E 5x

How many distinct pairs (x,y) of real numbers satisfy the equation:

(x + y)squared = (x +4) (y-4)?

A 0 B 1 C 2 D 3 E 4

For answers, click here.