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?
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Make a spiral mobile.
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this
design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of
hammer, nails and string.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
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?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on
the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you
How is it possible to predict the card?
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The
resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to
encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small
cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger
cube contains one of every colour.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating
shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can
trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I
end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
Can you describe what happens in this film?
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how