John emptied his piggy box and found that he had equal number of 5p, 2p and 1p coins amounting to £3.20. How many coins were there altogether?

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Step 1.  Add all three denominations of coins =>

1+2+5 = 8

Step 2.   Now convert £3.20 into 320 pence and divide it by the answer in step 1 =>

320 / 8 = 40

Step 3.   Realise that the answer 40 from step 2 means that the piggy box had 40 one penny coins + 40 two pence coins + 40 five pence coins. Therefore the total number of coins is =>

40 x 3 =120

Time allowed: 30 seconds

Time taken using the technique: 3 seconds

Time saved = 27 seconds [9/10th (90%) of time allowed by examiner]

Note: If you want to mentally double check your answer is right, you can now work backward starting at 40 x 1pennny (40p) + 40 x 2 pence (80p) + 40 x 5pence (200p) is = to 320 pence (£3.20) the total money was in the piggy box.

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WORK SHEET – Practice question

Jane emptied her piggy box and found that she had equal number of 10cents, 5cents and 1cent coins amounting to \$4.80. How many coins were there altogether? Technique © :

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