Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
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.
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?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
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 ?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
If: A + C = A; F x D = F; B - G = G; A + H = E; B / H = G; E - G = F and A-H represent the numbers from 0 to 7 Find the values of A, B, C, D, E, F and H.
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?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
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.
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.
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?
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?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two 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?
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?
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?
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.
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
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.
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 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?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
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?
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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?
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?
What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?