Number problems that require careful consideration.
Algebra problems that require careful consideration.
Geometry problems that require careful consideration.
Statistics problems that require careful consideration.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit
number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and
only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product.
Can you find the factors?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
Chris and Jo put two red and four blue ribbons in a box. They each pick a ribbon from the box without looking. Jo wins if the two ribbons are the same colour. Is the game fair?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a
room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest
distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface
area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you
find them all?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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.
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?
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
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game
Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to
consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape,
and two properties of the shape.
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If
they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win
the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw
quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it
possible to fill the game grid?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular
arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine
you had nothing to lose...
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?
A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z
coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that
cannot be made? How do you know?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Imagine a room full of people who keep flipping coins until they get a tail. Will anyone get six heads in a row?
Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?
Can you find the hidden factors which multiply together to produce
each quadratic expression?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Infographics are a powerful way of communicating statistical information. Can you come up with your own?
Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?
Match the cumulative frequency curves with their corresponding box plots.
Can you crack these cryptarithms?
What happens when you add a three digit number to its reverse?
Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?