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Snap

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Try this version of Snap with a friend - do you know the order of the days of the week?

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Stop the Clock

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This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

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Thousands and Millions

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here's a chance to work with large numbers...

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All in a Jumble

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.

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Two Clocks

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

These clocks have only one hand, but can you work out what time they are showing from the information?

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An Unhappy End

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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...

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Buses

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A bus route has a total duration of 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, two buses set out, one from each end. How many buses will one bus meet on its way from one end to the other end?

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John's Train Is on Time

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A train leaves on time. After it has gone 8 miles (at 33mph) the driver looks at his watch and sees that the hour hand is exactly over the minute hand. When did the train leave the station?

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5 on the Clock

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On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?

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Take a Message Soldier

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A messenger runs from the rear to the head of a marching column and back. When he gets back, the rear is where the head was when he set off. What is the ratio of his speed to that of the column?

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Clocks

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These clocks have been reflected in a mirror. What times do they say?

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Which Twin Is Older?

Stage: 5

A simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.

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Wonky Watches

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.

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Walk and Ride

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How far have these students walked by the time the teacher's car reaches them after their bus broke down?

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How Many Times?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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Watch the Clock

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During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?

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Rule of Three

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

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How Long Does it Take?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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Matching Time

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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Calendar Sorting

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?

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Stop the Clock for Two

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Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

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Now and Then

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

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Tom Learns to Cook

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If Tom wants to learn to cook his favourite supper, he needs to make a schedule so that everything is ready at the same time.

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Place Your Orders

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?

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Order the Changes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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The Time Is ...

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you put these mixed-up times in order? You could arrange them in a circle.

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What Is the Time?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you put these times on the clocks in order? You might like to arrange them in a circle.

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In Order

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you rank these quantities in order? You may need to find out extra information or perform some experiments to justify your rankings.

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Order, Order!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you place these quantities in order from smallest to largest?

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2010: A Year of Investigations

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

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Time and Tide

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What can you say about when these pictures were taken?

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Times of Day

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These pictures show some different activities that you may get up to during a day. What order would you do them in?

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A Brief History of Time Measurement

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.

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Lengthy Journeys

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.

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Working with Dinosaurs

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This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.

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Clocking Off

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?

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Making Maths: Make a Pendulum

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?

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On Time?

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article explains how Greenwich Mean Time was established and in fact, why Greenwich in London was chosen as the standard.

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Decimal Time

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Use the clocks to investigate French decimal time in this problem. Can you see how this time system worked?

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Time Line

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Describe what Emma might be doing from these pictures of clocks which show important times in her day.

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Take Your Dog for a Walk

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Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move him so that the graph shows a curve?

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You Tell the Story

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.

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Sweeping Hands

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use your knowledge of angles to work out how many degrees the hour and minute hands of a clock travel through in different amounts of time.

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Twizzle's Journey

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

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A History of Astronomy

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Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.

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April Fool Is Past and Gone, You're the Fool for Carrying On!

Stage: 1

Read about the history behind April Fool's Day.

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The New Millennium: When Did it Begin?

Stage: 2

Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.

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Calendars

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.

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On What Day Did it Happen?

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Read this article to find out the mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700.

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Eclipses of the Sun

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Mathematics has allowed us now to measure lots of things about eclipses and so calculate exactly when they will happen, where they can be seen from, and what they will look like.