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.
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.
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
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?
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?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
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?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
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 find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
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. . . .
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?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?
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 pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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 ?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
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?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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. . . .
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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.
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?