Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of
the first six cube numbers?
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?
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?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a
pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow
paint on their faces?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.
Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?
Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?
Simple additions can lead to intriguing results...
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Can you find the connections between linear and quadratic patterns?
A collection of short Stage 4 problems on patterns and sequences.