Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?
A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally?
If the hypotenuse (base) length is 100cm and if an extra line splits the base into 36cm and 64cm parts, what were the side lengths for the original right-angled triangle?
Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number?
The diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two squares.
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?
How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
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?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?
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?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
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?
There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?
What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?
Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?