Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect
square - can you explain why?
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.
There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd
numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers
the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one.
Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is
special about your results.
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
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?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated
the difference between square numbers?
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.
A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed
and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square.
What is the 2-digit number?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes
there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
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. . . .
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
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?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make
their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
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?
What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard
table and then pass through its original position?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
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?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and
two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the
product of their differences will always be an even number?
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?
A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her
children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How
can she do this in order to share the money out equally?
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 is the area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building
blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it
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?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has
doubled its value?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the
vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
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?
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is
the sum of the denominator and numerator?