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.
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?
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?
Triangle ABC has equilateral triangles drawn on its edges. Points
P, Q and R are the centres of the equilateral triangles. What can
you prove about the triangle PQR?
This resources contains a series of interactivities designed to
support work on transformations at Key Stage 4.
Prove Pythagoras Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.
Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not
use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
Two circles of equal radius touch at P. One circle is fixed whilst the other moves, rolling without slipping, all the way round. How many times does the moving coin revolve before returning to P?
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Use Excel to investigate the effect of translations around a number
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
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.
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?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
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?
Can you give the coordinates of the vertices of the fifth point in
the patterm on this 3D grid?
Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.
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.
The interactive diagram has two labelled points, A and B. It is
designed to be used with the problem "Cushion Ball"
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.
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to explore number in this
This resource contains a range of problems and interactivities on
the theme of coordinates in two and three dimensions.
Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.
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
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White
Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
Find the vertices of a pentagon given the midpoints of its sides.
A simple file for the Interactive whiteboard or PC screen,
demonstrating equivalent fractions.
A tool for generating random integers.
A collection of our favourite pictorial problems, one for each day
A metal puzzle which led to some mathematical questions.
This set of resources for teachers offers interactive environments
to support work on loci at Key Stage 4.
An Excel spreadsheet with an investigation.
The classic vector racing game brought to a screen near you.
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to investigate factors and
Use an Excel spreadsheet to explore long multiplication.
Use Excel to practise adding and subtracting fractions.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic
Use an Excel to investigate division. Explore the relationships
between the process elements using an interactive spreadsheet.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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.
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.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?
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
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. . . .