The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering
the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way
that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
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!
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run
against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with
the planks of different lengths?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A train building game for 2 players.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A generic circular pegboard resource.
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of