Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface
area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you
find them all?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter
of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to
Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.