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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobbym mandy here i think I will stay with this maths course I am doing ok? Thanks for your help? Send me a message back now please?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think that is a good choice. Mathematics, unless you are Isaac Newton is very difficult. It is like having to sift through tons of rock and sand to get less than a handful of gold. Hard work!

Fortunately, if you work hard you can do anything.

If you can not come to perfection thanks to the talent . . . overcome by effort.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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Hi bobbym and Mandy,

I was a bit slow with my reply Mandy, but I have sent two emails now about this and I think

you have made the right choice if I am right in thinking that you are not going to the college

course and instead making good use of your current materials.

(Let me know if I have got that wrong.)

At the end of the day everyone has to make their own choices, but advice does help people

and everyone will have their own opinion on these things.

The college to which you refer teaches A Levels and other things, but does do some GCSEs.

The level of Everyday Maths which you are finding difficult is actually below GCSE level.

So therefore it would be a struggle, but at the end of the day I don't know all the facts and

have little to go on. College course do have many advantages including good skills of teachers

that help motivate, teach, and train students, but the course level is the same level in theory

regardless of the learning college or open learning company you choose.

However this website has been very useful to me, and to many others, so do carry on this

thread Mandy and good luck with your learning.

Stephen

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi steveb or anyone else mandy here if I work harder what grade could I get then let me know please?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobbym do you know if there are memory cards for maths you can get or not? Send me message back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy,

I don't know if you can buy memory cards but I'm happy to make more like the flash cards if that would be helpful. Advantages (i) it will only cost some printing ink and (ii) we can make them to suit exactly what you need.

As for your other question I'll email you about that.

Bob

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy,

Here's some flashcards for temperature. The first picture has two. They tell you what to do to change Fahrenheit into Celcius and back.

The second picture has four questions. If you cut these out and fold along the dotted line, the question is on the front with the answer on the back.

I'll do some more later.

Bob

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**SteveB****Member**- Registered: 2013-03-07
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*Last edited by SteveB (2013-08-20 00:32:16)*

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi steveb mandy here. I have sent you an email ok let me know when you have read it on here or send me an email back ok?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobby bundy mandy here just wondering how you are? I did a maths test that steveb email me ok send me an massage on here now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy,

I'm well thanks; how are you?

How did you do in the test ?

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobby bundy mandy here i did a gcse maths test. And for time I got 3 out of 10 next time I got 4 out of 10 third time I got 4 out of 10 they were all the same answers ok? Send me message back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Do you want help to do the ones you got wrong?

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobby bundy iwill send you the question to you tomorrow ok? The test came from steveb ok so he will be able to tell you more about the test ok? Send me an massage back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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OK. Post the question here when you are ready.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy I will send you the question tomorrow ok? Do you have any advice on what maths course to do?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi steveb or bob bundy. I got 1/3/5/6/8/9 worng and 2/4/7/10 right ok send messages on here or send me an email back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy

Q1 A company makes pork pies in two sizes. The smaller pork pies each weigh 820g. The larger pork pies weigh 17.5% more than the smaller ones.

17.5 % is a favourite amount for SATs and GCSE tests because you can do it without a calculator.

Here's an example

What is 17.5% of £92 ?

answer:

10% is £ 9.20 (just divide by 10)

5% is £4.60 (half the previous answer)

2.5% is £2.30 (half again)

add them up

17.5% is 9.20 + 4.60 + 2.30 = 16.10

So if you had to add 17.5% to £92, you would get

£92.00 + £16.10 = £108.10

Now try the actual question the same way.

Q3. Josh raised £650 for charity. He divided the amount between two charities in the ratio 7:1. How much did each charity receive?

You have to divide so that one charity gets 7 shares and the other 1 share.

So start by dividing £650 by 8

Multiply that by 7 for the bigger share and the rest is the other share.

When you have posted correct answers to these I'll give hints for some more questions.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy mandy here. I have just tried the question and I found them hard but had a go at them.

(Q1) 17.5 % of 820g is

10 % is 82

5 % is 41

2.50 % is 20.5

17.5 % is 82.00 + 41.00 + 20.50 = 143.5 am I right then?

(Q3) dividing £650 by 8 = 81.25

81.25 x 7 = 568.75

650 - 568.75 = 81.25 is this correct or not?

Send me an massage on here now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Well done. All your calculations are correct. So which answers from the multi-choice will you choose?

Q5. These are some of the ingredients needed for making beetroot brownies. 250g beetroot 200g chocolate 3 eggs Gareth picks a beetroot weighing 410g. He wants to use all the beetroot to make a batch of brownies. How much chocolate and how many eggs will he need?

The ingredients must be scaled up by the same multiplier.

So apply that multiplier to the chocolate (200g) and the eggs (3).

Q6. Pedro invested $800 at a rate of 5% per year compound interest. Calculate the total amount he has after 2 years.

First year. interest = 800 x 5/100

value of investment after first year = 800 + interest = new value

second year. interest = new value x 5/100

value of investment after second year = new value + interest

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy mandy here my answers to q1 is is 14350 + 820 = 963.5g is that right? And q3 my answers is £56.75 and £81.25 am I right? Send message back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy

Excellent, both correct.

So now you have done 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy mandy here just wondering if I am do well and do you think I should pass a gcse maths course now? Send me message back now please?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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hi bob bundy mandy here just wondered if you have read my message & had an answer or not? send message back now please?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy

Those questions were all arithmetic. There was no algebra, no geometry and no statistics. So it's a guide but not a reliable indication of a grade.

There are lots of past exam papers you can try which will give you a much better guide of what you have to know and, after you have tried one, a guide as to grade.

If you want, I can point you towards some past papers so you can give it a try. I'll mark each one you do and tell you what grade you would get if that was the real thing.

Bob

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