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Begin with a set of nine playing cards numbered Ace (representing one) to 9 from any one suit.

The cards are placed face down on the table so that the any one can can be easily picked up at random.

A copy of the diagram (below) showing the positioning of digits in the answer is made on paper. As the cards are selected the challenge is to choose in which cell it will be written. You cannot change your mind after the digit has been written down (and before the next card is chosen).

Square  Square Greater Than Square  Square

You are successful if: The two digit number on the left is greater than the two digit number on the right

If you are successful your score is the two digit number on the right. Play the game repeatedly keeping a cumulative total of your score.

There are many variations of this game on the main Greater Than page.

You can try similar activities which are online and interactive: Great Expectation

Do you have any wonderful ideas for using playing cards to help learn mathematics? Please share your ideas here.

Playing cards have been around since the ninth century. They were invented in China and spread across Europe in the fourteenth century. Though the designs on the cards have changed over the years the basic number properties have not.

Because they are so popular the manufacture of high quality cards is not expensive and makes them an ideal tool for learning mathematics.

Comments and suggestions:

Activities with numbered cards:

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Prime Pairs Game

Prime Pairs Game

A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a prime number.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=ppg

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Superior

Superior

A game for two players who compete to make the largest possible number from randomly selected cards.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=superior

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Manifest

Manifest

An exciting and thought-provoking number placing game for two players or one player versus the computer.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=manifest

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Nevertheless

Nevertheless

Players decide where to place the cards to make an equation with the largest possible solution.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=nevertheless

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Fifteen

Fifteen

A strategy game. Play against the computer to select three numbers that add up to 15.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=fifteen

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Square Pairs Game

Square Pairs Game

A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number.

The short web address is:

Transum.org/go/?to=sqpg

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