### Two problems for YOU to solve

I'd like for you to try solve these two 5th grade problems. They are from a very nice collection of word problems for kids by Canada's SchoolNet.

I'd like to use them to illustrate problem solving. But before I do that and give you the solutions, please try to solve them yourself. And don't post solutions here for now; I will have to reject such comments.

Solutions and discussion will follow in a few days.

THE FIRST PROBLEM IS:

* How many addition signs should be put between digits of the number 987654321 and where should we put them to get a total of 99?

THE SECOND IS:

* Divide the face of the clock into three parts with two lines so that the sum of the numbers in the three parts are equal.

I'd like to use them to illustrate problem solving. But before I do that and give you the solutions, please try to solve them yourself. And don't post solutions here for now; I will have to reject such comments.

Solutions and discussion will follow in a few days.

THE FIRST PROBLEM IS:

* How many addition signs should be put between digits of the number 987654321 and where should we put them to get a total of 99?

THE SECOND IS:

* Divide the face of the clock into three parts with two lines so that the sum of the numbers in the three parts are equal.