Maxine’s Maximum Maxim

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Maxine was a real maximum Mum … she was the one who got everything done quicker than anyone (including everyone of her homework sums !). When she was only small (about one eighth of a foot tall) Maxine was a mini – mum, but she soon grew tall. In fact, sometimes he hit her head on the ceiling of the hall !

gal-2.jpg1. Write a brief definition of the word “maximum”.  

gal-2.jpg 2. If three people could fit in one square metre of an elevator which measured 5 m x 5 m – how many people maximum could it carry ?

gal-2.jpg 3. If a train was travelling at 125 km / hour, one third of it’s maximum speed – how fast could it travel at full – speed ?

gal-2.jpg 4. If there were 3 potatoes in one kilogram, how many potatoes maximum were in 10 kilograms ?

gal-2.jpg 5. If one bag of sweet contained 50 sweets, which was one – tenth of the number in the sweet jar, what was the maximum number of sweets in the jar ?

gal-2.jpg 6. If 5 litres of water used up 20% of the space in a bath, what was the maximum volume capacity of the bath ? 

gal-2.jpg 7. The bird dropped 0.3 of the worms he caught. If he caught a maximum of 30 worms, how many did he drop ? 

gal-2.jpg 8. 20 of the plates in the cupboard were on the first shelf,  but this was only 1 : 5 of the total number, what maximum number of plates could the cupboard contain ? 

gal-2.jpg 9. If a runner could run at a maximum speed of 12 km / hour, but 2 km / hour less if he had a cold,

a) How fast did he run when he wasn’t well ?

b) How long did it normally take him to run 36 km ?

c) How far did he run in 20 minutes when well ?

d) How long did it take him to run 50 km when ill ?

gal-2.jpg 10. The maximum amount of hay that a horse can eat in 20 minutes is one third of a bale – what maximum amount could he eat in 4 hours ?    

Answers :

1. –

2. 25 x 3 = 75

3. 125 x 3 = 375 km / hour

4. 10 x 3 = 30

5. 10 x 50 = 500

6. 25 litres

7. 10

8. 100

9. a) 10 km / hour ; b) 3 hours ; c) 4 km ; d) 5 hours

10. 4 bales of hay

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