Friday 1st May 2020

Did you know that the 1st May is the only first day of the month in 2020 which falls on a Friday?

Add together the dates of all the Fridays in May this year.

Which day of the week has the largest sum of dates in May?

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Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Investigations

• Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School
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• What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun.
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• Very enjoyable all of the class worked as a team.
• Mr Kavanagh's Fifth Class, Cork, Ireland
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• We felt that this activity was very challenging but we finished it in the end.
• Milllie,
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• Hi I dont know the answer so could you add hints or a calendar might help.

[Transum: Thanks for the suggestion. A button to show a calendar has now been added above]
• Transum,
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• It is a little known fact that the 1st May each year is the only first day of the month in that year which falls on that particular weekday.

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Is there a general rule that can be applied to all months? Given the number of days in the month and the day of the 1st of the month, which day will have the largest sum of dates?

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