In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
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. . . .
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?
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has
doubled its value?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT 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.
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.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
A plastic funnel is used to pour liquids through narrow apertures.
What shape funnel would use the least amount of plastic to
manufacture for any specific volume ?
Can you work out the dimensions of the three cubes?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is
6 cm what is the can's height?
Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges
have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
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 ?
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?
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?
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?
There are many different methods to solve this geometrical problem - 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 ?
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?
Why does this fold create an angle of sixty degrees?
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just
touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
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?
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
Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex-
pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order
to ensure the best return on the money?
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. . . .
Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated
the difference between square numbers?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the
highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?
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?
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587,
3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make
their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
Find the decimal equivalents of the fractions one ninth, one ninety
ninth, one nine hundred and ninety ninth etc. Explain the pattern
you get and generalise.
Find the sum of the series.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
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?
Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?
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?
Stick some cubes together to make a cuboid. Find two of the angles
by as many different methods as you can devise.
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?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an
isosceles, right angle triangle?