Directions: Using the digits 0 to 9 at most one time each, fill in the boxes to make a true equation.

### Hint

What number would be good/bad to distribute?

### Answer

Number of Unique Solutions: 23

1: 2(3 + 9) = 06 + 18

2: 2(7 + 3) = 14 + 06

3: 3(9 + 6) = 27 + 18

4: 4(2 + 9) = 08 + 36

5: 4(5 + 9) = 20 + 36

6: 4(9 + 7) = 36 + 28

7: 6(3 + 7) = 18 + 42

8: 6(7 + 5) = 42 + 30

9: 6(9 + 3) = 54 + 18

10: 7(2 + 9) = 14 + 63

11: 7(3 + 8) = 21 + 56

12: 7(4 + 9) = 28 + 63

13: 7(8 + 2) = 56 + 14

14: 8(2 + 5) = 16 + 40

15: 8(3 + 7) = 24 + 56

16: 8(4 + 7) = 32 + 56

17: 8(9 + 5) = 72 + 40

18: 9(2 + 4) = 18 + 36

19: 9(2 + 6) = 18 + 54

20: 9(3 + 6) = 27 + 54

21: 9(4 + 8) = 36 + 72

22: 9(7 + 2) = 63 + 18

23: 9(8 + 6) = 72 + 54

1: 2(3 + 9) = 06 + 18

2: 2(7 + 3) = 14 + 06

3: 3(9 + 6) = 27 + 18

4: 4(2 + 9) = 08 + 36

5: 4(5 + 9) = 20 + 36

6: 4(9 + 7) = 36 + 28

7: 6(3 + 7) = 18 + 42

8: 6(7 + 5) = 42 + 30

9: 6(9 + 3) = 54 + 18

10: 7(2 + 9) = 14 + 63

11: 7(3 + 8) = 21 + 56

12: 7(4 + 9) = 28 + 63

13: 7(8 + 2) = 56 + 14

14: 8(2 + 5) = 16 + 40

15: 8(3 + 7) = 24 + 56

16: 8(4 + 7) = 32 + 56

17: 8(9 + 5) = 72 + 40

18: 9(2 + 4) = 18 + 36

19: 9(2 + 6) = 18 + 54

20: 9(3 + 6) = 27 + 54

21: 9(4 + 8) = 36 + 72

22: 9(7 + 2) = 63 + 18

23: 9(8 + 6) = 72 + 54

Source: Adrianne Burns

My students absolutely LOVED doing this. We had an awesome follow up question: what is the lowest value for each expression you can get? What is the highest? Our lowest was 20. Our highest, 108. We had a lot of fun. Thanks for the challenge!

Ted, when you say “lowest value for each expression,” are you talking about the expression on either side of the equation? Because I’m puzzled how you could get 20, unless you allow a 2-digit number to start with 0. Otherwise, on the right, you’ll have a minimum of 1 ten plus 2 tens, or at least 30.

I like the idea of high/low, though! My lowest (for either side) is 45 and my highest is 126.

Thanks Ted and Julie. Ted, your version of the problem makes it a DOK 3 problem and you should definitely submit it to Open Middle using the link in the menu bar. That being said, definitely consider Julie’s feedback as it can be challenging writing the problem in such a way that it makes sense to virtually everyone.

So I did this with my class today to think about distributive property in solving equations (7th grade). I had a student think of this a little differently. Instead of the distributive property (which I know is a 6th grade standard and what this is written for) she thought of it as two equal expressions.

9(4+5) = 13 + 68

9(9) = 81

81 = 81

I love these. I’m trying to be better at starting my class with something that raises the rigor.

Just a quick question how does this type of mathematics apply to the real world?

4(3+6) = 09 +27 is correct but not on the answers.

Using the distributive property, I found 2(4+7)=03+19