Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
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 move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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.
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
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.
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?
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?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
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.
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?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
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?
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?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
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 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. . . .
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.
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
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?
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?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?