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Question from Nicholas

5 May

The figure below shows 3 different triangles, A, B and C. 3/10 of A and 40% of C are shaded.  The shaded area of A is the same as the shaded area of C.  What fraction of the figure is unshaded if 80% of B is shaded? (Leave your answer in its simplest form.)



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Question from Renee

4 May


Mrs Ho bought some cakes for the children in an orphanage.  The girls received twice as many cakes as the boys.  There were as many boys as girls in the orphanage.  Each boy ate 4/9 of a cake and they finished all the cakes given to them.  Each girl ate 3/4 of a cake and they had 3  3/4 cakes left.  How many cakes did Mrs Ho buy for the children?

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Questions from Joelle

4 May

1. The ratio of the number of Helen’s coloured pencils to the number of Yvonne’s coloured pencils was 3 : 5 at first.  After each of them had received 45 coloured pencils, Helen had 5/8 as many coloured pencils as Yvonne.  Helen then bought another 65 coloured pencils.  How many more coloured pencils did Yvonne have than Helen in the end?
2. An open-air concert ticket for an adult was priced at $85.50. There were 150 more male adults than female adults for the first night concert. For the second night concert, the number of female adults was decreased by 15% and the number of male adults was increased by 30%. If there were 1270 adults in the second night concert, how much more money was collected from the sale of the tickets for the second night concert than the first night concert?
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Questions from Daniel

23 Apr

1. Adeline went shopping with a sum of money.  She spent all her money in two stores.  In each store, she spent $18 more than half of what she had when she entered the store.

(a) How much did Adeline spend at the second store?

(b) How much money did she have at first?


2. At 8.30 a.m., a motorcycle left Town A for Town B travelling at 60 km/h.  1.5 hours later, a car left Town A travelling at 85 km/h.  The car overtook the motorcycle midway between Town A and Town B, and reached Town B first.

(a) Find the distance covered by the motorcycle when the car left Town A.

(b) What was the distance between Town A and Town B?

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P6 Maths Questions

20 Apr

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1. Amy, Brenda and Carrie shared a bag of 31 coins with a total value of $12.20.  The bag only contained 20-cent coins and 50-cent coins.  Amy received only 20-cent coins.  Brenda received 3 more coins than Amy and Brenda’s 3 extra coins added up to 90 cents.  Carrie received 7 more coins than Brenda and Carrie’s 7 extra coins added up to $2.60.  How much money did Carrie receive?


2. Ms Ho numbered thirty pupils by writing 1, 2, 3, … , 28, 29 and 30 on their name tags.

(a) How many digits did she write in all?

(b) She arranged all the thirty pupils to stand in a row, starting from Number 1 to Number 30.  Next, for every second pupil, she asked each pupil to sit.  Then, for every third pupil, she asked each standing pupil to sit and each sitting pupil to stand.  She followed the same pattern (which is to ask each standing pupil to sit and each sitting pupil to stand) for every fourth pupil, every fifth pupil, and so on till the 30th pupil.  How many pupils were standing after the whole process was completed?

Latest Update : Afternoon Mentoring and Exam Preparation

17 Apr

Dear Parents and Pupils,

In view of your requests for additional coaching sessions in preparation for the coming exams, Math Arena will be making our afternoon mentoring sessions available on more afternoons. You can now come in on:

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Time: 4pm to 5.30pm

Subjects: Primary syllabus Math; Secondary syllabus Math; Secondary syllabus Science

Fee: $50/session for Primary level ; $60/session for Secondary level

$25/session for pupils who are already in our Semester weekly classes


Pupils are strongly encouraged to bring the “nagging” questions to us so that our trainers can clarify all your doubts before they “snowball”.

These mentoring sessions are available by prior arrangement only. Please call our admin at 6783 3218/6781 9325 to register for a minimum of 4 sessions.

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Mentoring Session Dates

Tuesdays       April 22, 29, May 6, 20

Wednesdays     April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21

Thursdays     April 17, 24, May 8, 15, 22

Fridays          April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Questions from P6 Students (Fridays A* Achievers)

1 Mar

1. David, Kumar and Irfan go to the gym on 2nd June and rest on the next day.  After the rest day, David goes to the gym every 2 days, Kumar goes there every 3 days and Irfan goes there every 4 days.  When will they next meet in the gym again?

2. Jane has more stamps than Danny.  If Jane gave Danny 1/3 of her stamps, Danny will have 200 more stamps than Jane.  If Jane gave Danny 1/4 of her stamps, Danny will have 100 more stamps than Jane.  How many stamps does Jane have?

piggy_bank3. There were some ten-cent coins and fifty-cent coins in a piggy bank.  The number of ten-cent coins in the piggy bank was 1/2 of the number of fifty-cent coins.  Ahmad took out 5 fifty-cent coins and exchanged them for ten-cent coins.  Then he put the money back into the piggy bank.  The number of fifty-cent coins became 5/8 of the number of ten-cent coins.  How much money was there in the piggy bank?

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