Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
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?
A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .
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 square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.
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?
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 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?
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?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
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.
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
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?
All CD Heaven stores were given the same number of a popular CD to sell for £24. In their two week sale each store reduces the price of the CD by 25% ... How many CDs did the store sell at. . . .
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
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?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
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?
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?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
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?
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.
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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. . . .
What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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.
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?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...
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?
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.
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?
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?