Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain
which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the
strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
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!
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 find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What
happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest
number that lights up all four lights?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go
round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.