Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular
arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
This interactivity invites you to make conjectures and explore probabilities of outcomes related to two independent events.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining up three points round the edge?
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?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
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.
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.
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
An animation that helps you understand the game of Nim.
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
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
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?
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?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
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.
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
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...
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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. . . .
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.
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both
outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
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?
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.