# Puzzling Maths Question

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#1
Here's a maths question that I've been stuck on for a bit. Could someone help?

Sequence of numbers from 3-12:

10,12,11,7,6,a,b,c,d,e

These numbers are arranged in a natural Sequence. a,b,c,d and e are digits 3,4,5,8,9 in some order. What are the values of a,b,c,d,e?
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#2
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Here's a maths question that I've been stuck on for a bit. Could someone help?

Sequence of numbers from 3-12:

10,12,11,7,6,a,b,c,d,e

These numbers are arranged in a natural Sequence. a,b,c,d and e are digits 3,4,5,8,9 in some order. What are the values of a,b,c,d,e?
Do you mind saying where it comes from?
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#3
(Original post by mqb2766)
Do you mind saying where it comes from?
It was just a challenge question my teacher set me.
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1 month ago
#4
(Original post by SecretMaths)
It was just a challenge question my teacher set me.
You're a level?
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#5
yeah

(Original post by mqb2766)
You're a level?
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#6
(Original post by SecretMaths)
yeah
So this could be anything from a numeric relationship to a gchq type knowledge/logic/word problem, and there isn't really any context you're giving?
Last edited by mqb2766; 1 month ago
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#7
(Original post by mqb2766)
So this could be anything from a numeric relationship to a gchq type knowledge/logic/word problem, and there isn't really any context you're giving?
Yes, it's a natural sequence. It should be possible.
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#8
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Yes, it's a natural sequence. It should be possible.
Natural sequence means sequence of natural numbers?
The 3-12 could be anything from months of the year, 12 days of christmas, digits 0-9 which have been shifted to 3-12, what's on tv from 3pm-12pm.... Really without any context it's simply a guessing game. Your guesses are as good as anyones.

Something partially matches, related to Plato. But there again, many things could be candidates.
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#9
Here's the exact question. Someone draws ten mathematical objects that can have labels from 3 to 12. This person outs these objects into a natural sequence as follows:
10 - 12 - 11 - 7 - 6 - a - b - c - d - e
where a,b,c,d,e are the digits 3,4,5,8,9 in some order. What are these digits? Maybe this will help set the context?
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#10
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Here's the exact question. Someone draws ten mathematical objects that can have labels from 3 to 12. This person outs these objects into a natural sequence as follows:
10 - 12 - 11 - 7 - 6 - a - b - c - d - e
where a,b,c,d,e are the digits 3,4,5,8,9 in some order. What are these digits? Maybe this will help set the context?
Sure I'd worked it out, (see previous post/hint) but the question makes it extremely clear. You must be able to get it?
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#11
sorry I didn't understand your hint

(Original post by mqb2766)
Sure I'd worked it out, (see previous post/hint) but the question makes it extremely clear. You must be able to get it?
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#12
(Original post by SecretMaths)
sorry I didn't understand your hint
Tbh, the extra information you provided in the question is enough.

I guess the question / answer isn't going to make it break your a level, so why not just think about what it might be? If you've got an idea, just post. However, the previous hint is all I'm going to give. There are at least two famous things attributed/related to him that is relevant.
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#13
(Original post by mqb2766)
Tbh, the extra information you provided in the question is enough.

I guess the question / answer isn't going to make it break your a level, so why not just think about what it might be? If you've got an idea, just post. However, the previous hint is all I'm going to give. There are at least two famous things attributed/related to him that is relevant.
Is this related to Plato. Sorry I'm really confused on what your hint actually was.
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#14
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Is this related to Plato. Sorry I'm really confused on what your hint actually was.
Yes
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#15
(Original post by mqb2766)
Yes
Would i be able to solve the question without any information on Plato though?
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#16
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Is this related to Plato. Sorry I'm really confused on what your hint actually was.
Unless I've got it wrong, another good hint is to think about scenarios where "n < 3" doesn't make sense.
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#17
(Original post by SecretMaths)
Would i be able to solve the question without any information on Plato though?
Yes
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#18
(Original post by DFranklin)
Unless I've got it wrong, another good hint is to think about scenarios where "n < 3" doesn't make sense.
Yes.
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#19
(Original post by mqb2766)
Yes
I'm currently doing AS Maths so I don't know too much on sequences
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#20
(Original post by SecretMaths)
I'm currently doing AS Maths so I don't know too much on sequences
Although it's "sort of" a maths question, it doesn't require any significant calculation, or any maths past GCSE (not even GCSE, in fact).
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