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.
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move
him so that the graph shows a curve?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
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.
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?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
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?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of
Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times
would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Can you put these times on the clocks in order? You might like to arrange them in a circle.
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
Nirmala and Riki live 9 kilometres away from the nearest market.
They both want to arrive at the market at exactly noon. What time
should each of them start riding their bikes?
Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out
extra information or perform some experiments to justify your
Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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
These clocks have been reflected in a mirror. What times do they
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many
times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock
over a whole day?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are
palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a
great context for discussing measurement.
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
How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car
reaches them after their bus broke down?
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
Do you know the rhyme about ten green bottles hanging on a wall? If
the first bottle fell at ten past five and the others fell down at
5 minute intervals, what time would the last bottle fall down?
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?
Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.
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.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
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.
Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.
What can you say about when these pictures were taken?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
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. . . .
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.
Use the information to work out the timetable for the three trains
travelling between City station and Farmland station.
How many of this company's coaches travelling in the opposite
direction does the 10 am coach from Alphaton pass before reaching
Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.
In this version of the story of the hare and the tortoise, the race
is 10 kilometres long. Can you work out how long the hare sleeps
for using the information given?
Follow the journey taken by this bird and let us know for how long
and in what direction it must fly to return to its starting point.
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?