Video List

The Best Card Trick?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

Take Three from Five

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

Cyclic Quad Jigsaw

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A picture is made by joining five small quadrilaterals together to make a large quadrilateral. Is it possible to draw a similar picture if all the small quadrilaterals are cyclic?

Amazing Card Trick

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How is it possible to predict the card?

Seven Squares - Group-worthy Task

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?

Factorising with Multilink

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you find out what is special about the dimensions of rectangles you can make with squares, sticks and units?

Always a Multiple?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Whirlyball

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Whirl a conker around in a horizontal circle on a piece of string. What is the smallest angular speed with which it can whirl?

Method in Multiplying Madness?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?

Symmetric Tangles

Stage: 4

The tangles created by the twists and turns of the Conway rope trick are surprisingly symmetrical. Here's why!

ACE, TWO, THREE...

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you picture how to order the cards to reproduce Charlie's card trick for yourself?

Twisting and Turning

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Take a look at the video and try to find a sequence of moves that will take you back to zero.

The Invertible Trefoil

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

When is a knot invertible ?

Impossible Square?

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you make a square from these triangles?

Turning Granny

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?

Turning Tangles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Look carefully at the video of a tangle and explain what's happening.

Impossible Triangles?

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Which of these triangular jigsaws are impossible to finish?

Circuit Maker

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate how logic gates work in circuits.

Galley Division

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you explain how Galley Division works?

Strike it Out

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Speedy Summations

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how to add together an arithmetic sequence of numbers efficiently.

Slick Summing

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?

Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

Kingsfield School - Building on Rich Starting Points

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Alf and Tracy explain how the Kingsfield School maths department use common tasks to encourage all students to think mathematically about key areas in the curriculum.

Drawing Celtic Knots

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.

Turning the Place Over

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?

Charlie's Mapping

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Charlie has created a mapping. Can you figure out what it does? What questions does it prompt you to ask?

How Many?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?

Become Maths Detectives

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.

Alison's Mapping

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Alison has created two mappings. Can you figure out what they do? What questions do they prompt you to ask?

Steve's Mapping

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Steve has created two mappings. Can you figure out what they do? What questions do they prompt you to ask?

Introduction to Number Plumber

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Video showing how to use the Number Plumber

Jo Boaler Explains Complex Instruction

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A video clip of Jo Boaler talking about Complex Instruction.

Dotty Six

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.

Bryony's Triangle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?

Take One Example

Stage: 1 and 2

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Constructing Triangles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?

James's Code Challenge

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!

That Number Square!

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?

Summing Consecutive Numbers

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

Beelines

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

Frogs

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Air Nets

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.

Power Countdown

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this twist on the well-known Countdown numbers game, use your knowledge of Powers and Roots to make a target.

Helicopters

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

Summing Geometric Progressions

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how to sum the sequence. Can you adapt the method to sum other sequences?

Seven Squares

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

Sorted

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How can you quickly sort a suit of cards in order from Ace to King?

Perimeter Possibilities

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

A Brief Introduction to Complex Numbers

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this problem, we define complex numbers and invite you to explore what happens when you add and multiply them.

Strange Bank Account

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine a very strange bank account where you are only allowed to do two things...

Up, Down, Flying Around

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Play this game to learn about adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers

Strike it Out for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Dotty Six for Two

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?