7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular
arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
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
Identical discs are flipped in the air. You win if all of the faces
show the same colour. Can you calculate the probability of winning
with n discs?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Four cards are shuffled and placed into two piles of two. Starting with the first pile of cards - turn a card over...
You win if all your cards end up in the trays before you run out of cards in. . . .
A counter is placed in the bottom right hand corner of a grid. You
toss a coin and move the star according to the following rules: ...
What is the probability that you end up in the top left-hand. . . .
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Meg and Mo still need to hang their marbles so that they balance,
but this time the constraints are different. Use the interactivity
to experiment and find out what they need to do.
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair
game by adding odd and even numbers?
Use this animation to experiment with lotteries. Choose how many
balls to match, how many are in the carousel, and how many draws to
make at once.
A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you
devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when
you are given just one of its sides?
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
How many different triangles can you make which consist of the
centre point and two of the points on the edge? Can you work out
each of their angles?
What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the
angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same
arc? Can you prove it?
Meg and Mo need to hang their marbles so that they balance. Use the
interactivity to experiment and find out what they need to do.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Mo has left, but Meg is still experimenting. Use the interactivity
to help you find out how she can alter her pouch of marbles and
still keep the two pouches balanced.
This interactivity invites you to make conjectures and explore
probabilities of outcomes related to two independent events.
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and
describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images
in the tiling.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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.
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?
A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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.
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
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...
This rectangle is cut into five pieces which fit exactly into a triangular outline and also into a square outline where the triangle, the rectangle and the square have equal areas.
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?
Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the
squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the
button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle
now. . . .
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
Can you set the logic gates so that the number of bulbs which are
on is the same as the number of switches which are on?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
There are 27 small cubes in a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, 54 faces being
visible at any one time. Is it possible to reorganise these cubes
so that by dipping the large cube into a pot of paint three times
you. . . .
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.