What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?
The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Here's a chance to work with large numbers...
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?
A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.