Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
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.
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
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?
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?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
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?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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 find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
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?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
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?
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?
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?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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.
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?
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
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. . . .
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
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?
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?