The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
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?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
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?
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. . . .
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
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?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
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.
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.
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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 out.
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
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".
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
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?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?
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 hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
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.
Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?