What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
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 time?
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
Explore one of these five pictures.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?