When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
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 group of interactive resources to support work on percentages Key
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?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Use Excel to investigate the effect of translations around a number
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to explore number in this
Use an Excel to investigate division. Explore the relationships
between the process elements using an interactive spreadsheet.
Use an Excel spreadsheet to explore long multiplication.
A simple file for the Interactive whiteboard or PC screen,
demonstrating equivalent fractions.
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
If you continue the pattern, can you predict what each of the following areas will be? Try to explain your prediction.
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. . . .
Practice your skills of measurement and estimation using this interactive measurement tool based around fascinating images from biology.
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.
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining
up three points round the edge?
Prove Pythagoras' Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.
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?
A right-angled isosceles triangle is rotated about the centre point
of a square. What can you say about the area of the part of the
square covered by the triangle as it rotates?
Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to investigate factors and
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.
A metal puzzle which led to some mathematical questions.
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 find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
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.
There are thirteen axes of rotational symmetry of a unit cube. Describe them all. What is the average length of the parts of the axes of symmetry which lie inside the cube?
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
An Excel spreadsheet with an investigation.
Use Excel to practise adding and subtracting fractions.
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. . . .
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
Practise your skills of proportional reasoning with this interactive haemocytometer.
Can you break down this conversion process into logical steps?
Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
This set of resources for teachers offers interactive environments
to support work on loci at Key Stage 4.
This resource contains interactive problems to support work on
number sequences at Key Stage 4.
How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?
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. . . .
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
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.
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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?
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?
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.
Match the cards of the same value.