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
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
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?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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 fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?"
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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 work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
"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 ...?
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?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with
the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50
times. What is the value of the digit M?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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...
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?