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Number Squares

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Start with four numbers at the corners of a square and put the total of two corners in the middle of that side. Keep going... Can you estimate what the size of the last four numbers will be?

Street Sequences

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

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What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

Calendar Patterns

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In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice about the answers?

Abundant Numbers

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48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

It Was 2010!

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

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How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

Doplication

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We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

Polo Square

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Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Magic Constants

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In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

Exploring Number Patterns You Make

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Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Teddy Town

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Times

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Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!

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Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

It Figures

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Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

Sometimes We Lose Things

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Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.

Five Coins

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

Tiling

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Worms

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

Plants

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

Balance of Halves

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Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the right to make it balance?

Sending Cards

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Roll These Dice

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?

Sorting the Numbers

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?

Train Carriages

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

Division Rules

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Month Mania

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?

Making Boxes

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Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Making Cuboids

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Two on Five

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

Sending and Receiving Cards

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Stairs

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

Calcunos

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If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

More Transformations on a Pegboard

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Round and Round the Circle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

Building with Rods

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Cuboid-in-a-box

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

My New Patio

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

Become Maths Detectives

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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.

Cubes Here and There

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

Sticky Triangles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Two by One

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Sweets in a Box

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

Sticks and Triangles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

New House

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In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?

Polygonals

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Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.