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Maths Week: Test yourself with this simple, timely brainteaser

Can you figure this one out?

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MATHS WEEK KICKED off at the weekend – seven days of celebrating all the great things about algebra, trigonometry, probability and calculus.

Each morning, we’ll be setting you a puzzle to test your mathematical mettle. It’s all part of the drive to improve Ireland’s numeracy skills – and remember it’s never too late.

(If numbers absolutely terrify you, take a trip to the website where you’ll find more information and help).

Right, that’s enough rambling. Let’s get to it. Next up is a very timely one.

Today’s puzzle

How many ways is there for a team to score 17 points in a rugby match?

(Remember that a try and conversion is worth 7 points, a try without a conversion is 5 points and a kicked goal is 3 points. We will not differentiate here between a penalty goal and a drop goal, both of which earn 3 points.)

Find that too easy? Try this:

If two teams play and their final scores together add up to 17 points, how many ways is there to make up this score?

Got that too? Ok then:

And finally, if we are to differentiate between penalty goals and drop goals how many ways are there for the two teams to score a match total of 17 points?

Check back tomorrow, same time of 11.15am, for the answers and for Tuesday’s puzzle. 

Click here for the answer to Sunday’s puzzle.

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