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We asked Globe and Mail reporters to do their kids' homework for a week and report back. Now you can test your own knowledge with these sample questions:

1. (Grade 3) At a garage sale, there are bicycles and tricycles. Altogether, there are 18 wheels. How many bicycles and tricycles are there?

2. (Grade 6) In each question below, there are fewer hundreds than the member of groups. Write a "0" in the hundreds position to show that no hundreds can be placed in equal groups. Then perform the division as if the hundreds had automatically been exchanged for tens: 5/472.

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3. (Grade 6) A newspaper prints 8,762 papers. Each paper has 16 pages. A roller of newsprint can be used to print 6,150 pages. How many rolls of newsprint are required?

4. (Grade 6) Sandhya has to bank 331 pennies, 15 nickels, 183 dimes, and 212 quarters from her piggy bank. She rolls as many coins as possible. A roll holds 50 pennies, 40 nickels, 50 dimes or 40 quarters.

a) How many rolls of each type of coin did she take to the bank?

b) What was Sandhya's total bank deposit?

5. (Grade 11) Write the function in vertex form by completing the square. Use your answer to identify the vertex of the function.


y=a (x-p)² + q

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y=x² - 18x - 59


1. Two tricycles, six bicycles; or four tricycles, three bikes

2. No answer; this question stumped the parent

3. 8,762 x 16/6,150 = 22.7 = 23 rolls

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4. a) Six penny rolls, three dime rolls, five quarter rolls

4. b) $3 + $15 + $50 = $68

5. y = (x-9)² - 140; vertex = 9, -140

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