If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?
Which segment on a digital clock is lit most each day? Which segment is lit least? Does it make any difference if it is set to 12 hours or 24 hours?
Sometime during every hour the minute hand lies directly above the hour hand. At what time between 4 and 5 o'clock does this happen?
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car reaches them after their bus broke down?
Use the clocks to investigate French decimal time in this problem. Can you see how this time system worked?
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?
Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one of the engines, sets off flying along the railway line...
Anne completes a circuit around a circular track in 40 seconds. Brenda runs in the opposite direction and meets Anne every 15 seconds. How long does it take Brenda to run around the track?
This article explains how Greenwich Mean Time was established and in fact, why Greenwich in London was chosen as the standard.
Here's a chance to work with large numbers...
Every day at noon a boat leaves Le Havre for New York while another boat leaves New York for Le Havre. The ocean crossing takes seven days. How many boats will each boat cross during their journey?
What can you say about when these pictures were taken?
A bus route has a total duration of 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, two buses set out, one from each end. How many buses will one bus meet on its way from one end to the other end?
Read this article to find out the mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700.
Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the first train and flies continuously back and forth between the. . . .
Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.
A paradox is a statement that seems to be both untrue and true at the same time. This article looks at a few examples and challenges you to investigate them for yourself.
This month there is a Friday the thirteenth and this year there are three. Can you explain why every year must contain at least one Friday the thirteenth?
N people visit their friends staying N kilometres along the coast. Some walk along the cliff path at N km an hour, the rest go by car. How long is the road?
Great Granddad is very proud of his telegram from the Queen congratulating him on his hundredth birthday and he has friends who are even older than he is... When was he born?
July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When did July 1st fall on a Monday again?
A train leaves on time. After it has gone 8 miles (at 33mph) the driver looks at his watch and sees that the hour hand is exactly over the minute hand. When did the train leave the station?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
These clocks have been reflected in a mirror. What times do they say?
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?
Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.
If Tom wants to learn to cook his favourite supper, he needs to make a schedule so that everything is ready at the same time.
Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out extra information or perform some experiments to justify your rankings.
Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.
Use your knowledge of angles to work out how many degrees the hour and minute hands of a clock travel through in different amounts of time.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Can you put these times on the clocks in order? You might like to arrange them in a circle.
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with the measuring tool shown.
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
Can you put these mixed-up times in order? You could arrange them in a circle.
Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.
These clocks have only one hand, but can you work out what time they are showing from the information?
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.
Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.
Use the information to work out the timetable for the three trains travelling between City station and Farmland station.
Mathematics has allowed us now to measure lots of things about eclipses and so calculate exactly when they will happen, where they can be seen from, and what they will look like.
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
These two challenges will test your time-keeping!
At the time of writing the hour and minute hands of my clock are at right angles. How long will it be before they are at right angles again?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
Liitle Millennium Man was born on Saturday 1st January 2000 and he will retire on the first Saturday 1st January that occurs after his 60th birthday. How old will he be when he retires?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
This investigation explores using different shapes as the hands of the clock. What things occur as the the hands move.