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
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
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?
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?
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?
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
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Ask a friend to choose a number between 1 and 63. By identifying which of the six cards contains the number they are thinking of it is easy to tell them what the number is.
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.
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.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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
This is an interactivity in which you have to sort the steps in the
completion of the square into the correct order to prove the
formula for the solutions of quadratic equations.
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.
Show that for any triangle it is always possible to construct 3
touching circles with centres at the vertices. Is it possible to
construct touching circles centred at the vertices of any polygon?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of
squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Prove Pythagoras Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.
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. . . .
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.
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.
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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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.
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
Find the vertices of a pentagon given the midpoints of its sides.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
This resource contains interactive problems to support work on
number sequences at Key Stage 4.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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. . . .
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
If you continue the pattern, can you predict what each of the following areas will be? Try to explain your prediction.
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. . . .
Practise your skills of proportional reasoning with this interactive haemocytometer.
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?
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.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic
A collection of our favourite pictorial problems, one for each day
You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.
Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.
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. . . .
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?