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.
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?
Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.
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.
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.
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?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
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?
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?
Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...
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 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?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Substitute -1, -2 or -3, into an algebraic expression and you'll get three results. Is it possible to tell in advance which of those three will be the largest ?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
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 ?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
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?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
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. . . .
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?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
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.
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?