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?
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.
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes
there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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.
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
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?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
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?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the
vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight
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?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and
two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the
product of their differences will always be an even number?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle,
sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove
the formula linking x, y and r?
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.
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?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds
leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each
other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return,
400. . . .
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?
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.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Here's a chance to work with large numbers...
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take
60,000 men to build a similar wall?
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?
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?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?