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Special Numbers

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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?

Summing Consecutive Numbers

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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?

Weights

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

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.

Consecutive Numbers

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An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

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.

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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. . . .

Consecutive Negative Numbers

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Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Marbles in a Box

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How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

Counting Factors

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Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

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.

Make 37

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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.

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?

Pair Products

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Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

Think of Two Numbers

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Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

Cola Can

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An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

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?

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.

Can They Be Equal?

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Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

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?

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How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Litov's Mean Value Theorem

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Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

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?

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?

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.

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?

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...

Repetitiously

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

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?

Sissa's Reward

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Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...

Fractions Jigsaw

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A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

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...

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?

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?

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?

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?

How Old Am I?

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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?

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?

Mirror, Mirror...

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Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Attractive Rotations

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Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...

Who Is the Fairest of Them All ?

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Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Odd Differences

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The diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two squares.

On the Edge

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If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Route to Infinity

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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

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.

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?

Largest Product

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Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

Going Round in Circles

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

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?