Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which
seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the
foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st,
2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice
about the answers?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16
pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these
pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the
direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the
path it's already made.
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network
following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with
any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different
ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes I've used. Can you see any patterns?
"Tell me the next two numbers in each of these seven minor spells",
chanted the Mathemagician, "And the great spell will crumble away!"
Can you help Anna and David break the spell?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other.
What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles
Explore one of these five pictures.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone
numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a
sequence adding 2 each time?
Take any two positive numbers. Calculate the arithmetic and geometric means. Repeat the calculations to generate a sequence of arithmetic means and geometric means. Make a note of what happens to the. . . .
What's the greatest number of sides a polygon on a dotty grid could have?
How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1
foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door
into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?
Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?
Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?
A tower of squares is built inside a right angled isosceles
triangle. The largest square stands on the hypotenuse. What
fraction of the area of the triangle is covered by the series of
What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums?
1/2 + 2/1 =
2/3 + 3/2 =
3/4 + 4/3 =
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Make some intricate patterns in LOGO
Square numbers can be represented on the seven-clock (representing these numbers modulo 7). This works like the days of the week.
Choose any 4 whole numbers and take the difference between
consecutive numbers, ending with the difference between the first
and the last numbers. What happens when you repeat this process
over and. . . .
Take any whole number between 1 and 999, add the squares of the
digits to get a new number. Make some conjectures about what
happens in general.
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When
did July 1st fall on a Monday again?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Make some loops out of regular hexagons. What rules can you discover?