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Going Round in Circles

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Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?

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Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

Differences

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Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?

Funny Factorisation

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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. . . .

Legs Eleven

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Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?

American Billions

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Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

14 Divisors

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What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?

Dozens

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Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

Elevenses

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How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

Sissa's Reward

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According to an old Indian myth, Sissa ben Dahir was a courtier for a king. The king decided to reward Sissa for his dedication and Sissa asked for one grain of rice to be put on the first square. . . .

Days and Dates

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Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

Expenses

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What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Ben's Game

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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.

1 Step 2 Step

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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?

Take Three from Five

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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?

Consecutive Seven

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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?

Handshakes

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Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

How Much Can We Spend?

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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?

Cuboids

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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?

How Many Miles to Go?

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A car's milometer reads 4631 miles and the trip meter has 173.3 on it. How many more miles must the car travel before the two numbers contain the same digits in the same order?

Sweet Shop

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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.

Two and Two

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How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

Repetitiously

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The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?

Number Daisy

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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?

Product Sudoku

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The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Mixing Paints

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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.

Negative Power

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What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?

Mixing More Paints

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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?

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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. . . .

Terminology

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Triangle ABC is isosceles while triangle DEF is equilateral. Find one angle in terms of the other two.

Painted Cube

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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?

Cuboid Challenge

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What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

Sending a Parcel

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What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Children at Large

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There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Weights

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Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

Letter Land

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If: A + C = A; F x D = F; B - G = G; A + H = E; B / H = G; E - G = F and A-H represent the numbers from 0 to 7 Find the values of A, B, C, D, E, F and H.

Litov's Mean Value Theorem

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Start with two numbers. This is the start of a sequence. The next number is the average of the last two numbers. Continue the sequence. What will happen if you carry on for ever?

Arclets

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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".

Searching for Mean(ing)

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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?

Inscribed in a Circle

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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?

Marbles in a Box

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In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

M, M and M

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If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

On the Edge

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Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try. . . .

Squares in Rectangles

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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?

Eight Hidden Squares

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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?

Areas of Parallelograms

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Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

Picturing Square Numbers

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Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Rule of Three

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If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

Thousands and Millions

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Here's a chance to work with large numbers...

Who Is the Fairest of Them All?

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Explore the effect of combining enlargements.