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?
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair
game by adding odd and even numbers?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
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?
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?
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
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. . . .
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.
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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.
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?
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?
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
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. . . .
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 beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
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
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?
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?
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?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining
up three points round the edge?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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?
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.
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...
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.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
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. . . .
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.
It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15
with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning
and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?