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?
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?
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?
How is it possible to predict the card?
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?
Can you find out what is special about the dimensions of rectangles you can make with squares, sticks and units?
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
Whirl a conker around in a horizontal circle on a piece of string.
What is the smallest angular speed with which it can whirl?
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
The tangles created by the twists and turns of the Conway rope
trick are surprisingly symmetrical. Here's why!
Can you picture how to order the cards to reproduce Charlie's card trick for yourself?
Take a look at the video and try to find a sequence of moves that will take you back to zero.
When is a knot invertible ?
Can you make a square from these triangles?
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?
Look carefully at the video of a tangle and explain what's
Which of these triangular jigsaws are impossible to finish?
Investigate how logic gates work in circuits.
Can you explain how Galley Division works?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Watch the video to see how to add together an arithmetic sequence of numbers efficiently.
Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
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.
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
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 has created a mapping. Can you figure out what it does?
What questions does it prompt you to ask?
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden
under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
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 has created two mappings. Can you figure out what they do?
What questions do they prompt you to ask?
Steve has created two mappings. Can you figure out what they do?
What questions do they prompt you to ask?
Video showing how to use the Number Plumber
A video clip of Jo Boaler talking about Complex Instruction.
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
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?
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.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
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?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
In this twist on the well-known Countdown numbers game, use your knowledge of Powers and Roots to make a target.
Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?
Watch the video to see how to sum the sequence. Can you adapt the method to sum other sequences?
Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?
How can you quickly sort a suit of cards in order from Ace to King?
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
In this problem, we define complex numbers and invite you to explore what happens when you add and multiply them.
Imagine a very strange bank account where you are only allowed to do two things...
Play this game to learn about adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers