Consecutive Numbers

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Tea Cups

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

Counting on Letters

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Triangular Clock

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level:
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Trinni is fascinated by triangle numbers (1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21, etc.) and recently coming across a clock, she found that she could rearrange the twelve numbers 1, 2, 3, ..., 12 around the face so that each adjacent pair added up to a triangle number. She left the 12 in its usual place; what number did she put where the 6 would usually be?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.