## The Clock

Mental Math

This episode brings us a new challenge –
Here is an analog clock with the numbers 1 through 12 on it.

Using 2 pencils, try to divide the clock into 3 parts so that the numbers add up to equal sums in each part.

In your class, students can try to find the solution by trial and error, however, with a simple clue they will be able to solve the problem with addition and division.

## 1.

After trying to set the pencils randomly on the clock, give your students the clue: first, add all of the hours on the clock together.

## 2.

Then, when you divide it by 3, you’ll get the sum of each part (26) and that will determine where you’ll place the pencils!

## 3.

Since 12 is the biggest number,

12+1+2+3+4=22;    22+5=27
which is more than 26

…oops!

## 4.

Going back to 12:  let’s add 12+11=23;
23+10=33…that’s way too much!

## 5.

So let’s try 11+12+1+2=26!!

Now we know that one pencil must be placed between 10 and 11 and also 2 and 3.

## 6.

Adding 10+9=19, so it’s clear that 8 will be too much, so instead you add 10+9+3+4=26! Now we know that the second pencil must be placed between 9 and 8 and also 4 and 5.

## Math Concepts

The Clock segment can be viewed by all ages, however, the math level is for grades 3-6.

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