Mathematics 2017 Past Questions (Theory) | WAEC

Study the following Mathematics past questions and answers for JAMBWAEC  NECO and Post-JAMB. Get prepared with official past questions and answers for upcoming examinations.


1. (a) If \((y – 1)\log_{10}4 = y\log_{10}16\), without using Mathematics tables or calculator, find the value of y.

(b) When I walk from my house at 4km/h, I will get to my office 30mins later than when I walk at 5km/h. Calculate the distance between my house and office.

2. (a)  Solve the equation : 2/3(3x5)3/5(2x3)=3.

(b) mathematics past question

In the diagram, < STQ = m, < TUQ = 80°, < UPQ = r, < PQU = n and < RQT = 88°. Find the value of (m + n).

3. a) The angle of depression of a point P on the ground from the top T of a building is 23.6°. If the distance from P to the foot of the building is 50m, calculate, correct to the nearest metre, the height if the building.

(b) mathematics past question

n the diagram, PT//SU,QS//TR,/SR/=6cm and /RU/=10cm/RU/=10cm. If the area of ΔTRU=45cm2ΔTRU=45cm2, calculate the area of the trapezium QTUS.

4.  If the sixth term of an Arithmetic Progression (A.P) is 37 and the sum of the first six terms is 147, find the 

(a) first term; 

(b) sum of the first fifteen terms. 

5. Out of 120 customers in a shop, 45 bought both bags and shoes. If all the customers bought either bags or shoes and 11 more customers bought shoes than bags:

(a) Illustrate the this information in a diagram;

(b) find the number of customers who bought shoes;

(c) calculate the probability that a customer selected at random bought bags.

6. (a) A manufacturing company requires 3 hours of direct labour to process N87.00 worth of raw materials. If the company uses N30,450.00 worth of raw materials, what amount should it budget at N18.25 per hour?

(b) An investor invested Nx in bank M at the rate of 6% simple interest per annum and Ny in bank N at the rate of 8% simple interest per annum. If a total of N8,000,000.00 was invested in the two banks and the investor received a total of N2,320,000.00 as interest from the two banks after 4 years, calculate the:

(i) values of x and y

(ii) interest paid by the second bank.

7. (a) Copy and complete the table of values for the equation y=27x9 for 3x6

y 13 -9-14 -12 6 

(b) Using scales of 2cm to 1 unit on the x- axis and 2cm to 4 units on the y- axis, draw the graphs of y=27x9 for 3x6.

(c) Use the graph to estimate the :

(i) roots of the equation 27x=26

(ii) coordinates of the minimum point of y;

(iii) range of values for which 27x<9.


Number of studentsm + 2m – 12m – 3m + 53m – 4

The table shows the distribution of marks scored by some students in a test.

(a) If the mean mark is 3 6/23, find the value of m.

(b) Find the : (i) interquartile range

(ii) probability of selecting a student who scored at least 4 marks in the test.


(a) PQ is a tangent to a circle RST at the point S. PRT is a straight line, < TPS = 34° and < TSQ = 65°.

(i) Illustrate the information in a diagram;  (ii)  find the value of : (a) < RTS ; (b) < SRP.

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In the diagram, /VZ/ = /YZ/, < YXZ = 20° and < ZVY = 52°. Calculate the size of < WYZ.

10. (a) Given that \(\sin x = \frac{5}{13}, 0° < x < 90°\), find \(\frac{\cos x – 2\sin x}{2\tan x}\).

(b) A ladder, LA, leans against a vertical pole at a point L which is 9.6metres above the groung. Another ladder, LB, 12 metres long, leans on the opposite side of the pole and at the same point L. If A and B are 10 metres apart and on the same straight line as the foot of the pole, calculate, correct to 2 significant figures, the :

(i) length of ladder LA  (ii) angle which LA makes with the ground.

11. (a) It takes 8 students two- thirds of an hour to fill 12 tanks with water. How many tanks of water will 4 students fill in one- third of an hour at the same rate?

(b) A chord, 20 cm long, is 12 cm from the centre of the circle. Calculate, correct to one decimal place, the :

(i) angle subtended by the chord at the centre of the circle;

(ii) perimeter of the minor segment cut off by the chord.  [Take π=3.142].


(a) Using completing the square method, solve, correct to 2 decimal places, the equation \(3y^{2} – 5y + 2 = 0\).

(b) Given that \(M = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\ 4 & 3 \end{pmatrix}, N = \begin{pmatrix} m & x \\ n & y \end{pmatrix}\) and \(MN = \begin{pmatrix} 2 & 1 \\ 3 & 4 \end{pmatrix}\), find the matrix N.

13.  (a) The operation (*) is defined on the set of real numbers, R, by \(x * y = \frac{x + y}{2}, x, y \in R\).

(i) Evaluate \(3 * \frac{2}{5}\).

(ii) If \(8 * y = 8\frac{1}{4}\), find the value of y.

(b) In \(\Delta ABC, \overline{AB} = \begin{pmatrix} -4 \\ 6 \end{pmatrix}\) and \(\overline{AC} = \begin{pmatrix} 3 \\ -8 \end{pmatrix}\). If P is the midpoint of \(\overline{AB}\), express \(\overline{CP}\) as a column vector.

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