Predict: I predict that this question will be about addition.

Read: The sum of three consecutive whole numbers is 96. What are the three numbers?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify in this question.

Mathematician’s Toolbox: The strategy I used from the mathematician’s toolbox was to test all possibilities.

Big question: The big question is what are the three numbers.

Solve: Firstly, I knew that 30 x 3 was 90, so then I knew that all I had to do was find three consecutive numbers added together to equal six and add one to each 30. 1, 2 and 3 equalled 6, so I added them to 30. The answer I got was 31, 32 and 33.

Summary: This problem was easy to solve if you knew addition.a