Use the clocks to investigate French decimal time in this problem. Can you see how this time system worked?

Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.

Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .

If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?

Start with any triangle T1 and its inscribed circle. Draw the triangle T2 which has its vertices at the points of contact between the triangle T1 and its incircle. Now keep repeating this. . . .

Where will the point stop after it has turned through 30 000 degrees? I took out my calculator and typed 30 000 ÷ 360. How did this help?

Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did people do to save time working out more difficult problems before the calculator existed?