# Being Curious

Being Curious is part of our Developing Mathematical Habits of Mind collection.

Good thinkers are curious and ask good questions. They are excited by new ideas and are keen to explore and investigate them.

Want to become a more curious mathematician?

We hope these problems will provoke you to ask good mathematical questions. Take a look, we think you'll get hooked on them!

You can browse through the Number, Algebra, Geometry or Statistics collections, or scroll down to see the full set of problems below.

### Being Curious - Number

Number problems for inquiring students.

### Being Curious - Algebra

Algebra problems for inquiring students.

### Being Curious - Geometry

Geometry problems for inquiring students.

### Being Curious - Statistics

Statistics problems for inquiring students.

### Nice or Nasty

##### KS 2 & 3 Challenge Level:

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

### What Numbers Can We Make?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

### Special Numbers

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

### Semi-regular Tessellations

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

### Largest Product

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

### Dicey Operations

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

### Elevenses

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

### How Much Can We Spend?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?

### Blue and White

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

### Can They Be Equal?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

### Number Pyramids

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

### Shifting Times Tables

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?

### Summing Consecutive Numbers

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?

### Perimeter Possibilities

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?

### Cosy Corner

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in the corner?

### Estimating Time

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

How well can you estimate 10 seconds? Investigate with our timing tool.

### Think of Two Numbers

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

### Searching for Mean(ing)

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

### Reversals

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?

### Square Coordinates

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

### Unequal Averages

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...

### Stars

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

### Pick's Theorem

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.

### Non-transitive Dice

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Alison and Charlie are playing a game. Charlie wants to go first so Alison lets him. Was that such a good idea?

### Cuboid Challenge

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

### More Number Pyramids

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

### Who's the Best?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

### Right Angles

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining up three points round the edge?

### What Numbers Can We Make Now?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

### Marbles in a Box

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

### On the Edge

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

### Opposite Vertices

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Can you recreate squares and rhombuses if you are only given a side or a diagonal?

### Sending a Parcel

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

### Litov's Mean Value Theorem

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

### Which Solids Can We Make?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?

### A Chance to Win?

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...

### Cola Can

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

### Two's Company

##### KS 3 Challenge Level:

7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls touch. What is the probability of winning?

### What's it Worth?

##### KS 3 & 4 Challenge Level:

There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

### Beelines

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?

### Same Number!

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

If everyone in your class picked a number from 1 to 225, do you think any two people would pick the same number?

### Multiplication Arithmagons

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?

### Pair Products

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

### Mathsland National Lottery

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Can you work out the probability of winning the Mathsland National Lottery? Try our simulator to test out your ideas.

### Vector Journeys

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Charlie likes to go for walks around a square park, while Alison likes to cut across diagonally. Can you find relationships between the vectors they walk along?

### Arithmagons

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?

### Triangle Midpoints

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

You are only given the three midpoints of the sides of a triangle. How can you construct the original triangle?

### Curvy Areas

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.

### How Old Am I?

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?

### Which Spinners?

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?

### Last One Standing

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Imagine a room full of people who keep flipping coins until they get a tail. Will anyone get six heads in a row?

### Where to Land

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

### What's Possible?

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

### Take Three from Five

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

### Trapezium Four

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?

### Arclets

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Each of the following shapes is made from arcs of a circle of radius r. What is the perimeter of a shape with 3, 4, 5 and n "nodes".

### Partly Painted Cube

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

### Triangles and Petals

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

An equilateral triangle rotates around regular polygons and produces an outline like a flower. What are the perimeters of the different flowers?

### Hexy-metry

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?

### Fit for Photocopyinglive

##### KS 4 Challenge Level:

Explore the relationships between different paper sizes.

### Three by One

##### KS 5 Challenge Level:

There are many different methods to solve this geometrical problem - how many can you find?