A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
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. . . .
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .
In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?
A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.
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?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product. Can. . . .
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
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?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
If the hypotenuse (base) length is 100cm and if an extra line splits the base into 36cm and 64cm parts, what were the side lengths for the original right-angled triangle?
Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
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?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Chris and Jo put two red and four blue ribbons in a box. They each pick a ribbon from the box without looking. Jo wins if the two ribbons are the same colour. Is the game fair?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
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?
Each of the following shapes is made from arcs of a circle of radius r. What is the perimeter of a shape with 3, 4, 5 and n "nodes".
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you work out the dimensions of the three cubes?