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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
A group of interactive resources to support work on percentages Key
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to investigate factors and
Use Excel to investigate the effect of translations around a number
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
A simple file for the Interactive whiteboard or PC screen,
demonstrating equivalent fractions.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to explore number in this
Use an Excel spreadsheet to explore long multiplication.
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
Rotate a copy of the trapezium about the centre of the longest side
of the blue triangle to make a square. Find the area of the square
and then derive a formula for the area of the trapezium.
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining
up three points round the edge?
Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with
3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same
in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the
nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that
the amount in each ring is the same?
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. . . .
Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.
If you continue the pattern, can you predict what each of the following areas will be? Try to explain your prediction.
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?
Prove Pythagoras Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.
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.
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
Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular
arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in
A metal puzzle which led to some mathematical questions.
Use Excel to practise adding and subtracting fractions.
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Use an Excel to investigate division. Explore the relationships
between the process elements using an interactive spreadsheet.
An Excel spreadsheet with an investigation.
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?
Match the cards of the same value.
Can you find all the 4-ball shuffles?
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. . . .
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?
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?
This set of resources for teachers offers interactive environments
to support work on loci at Key Stage 4.
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?
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.
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 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?
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.
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
How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?
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. . . .