What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?
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?
Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one. Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is special about your results.
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
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?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
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?
Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
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?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Find the sum of this series of surds.
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
What is the area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it out.
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?
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
All CD Heaven stores were given the same number of a popular CD to sell for £24. In their two week sale each store reduces the price of the CD by 25% ... How many CDs did the store sell at. . . .
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
Substitute -1, -2 or -3, into an algebraic expression and you'll get three results. Is it possible to tell in advance which of those three will be the largest ?
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 ?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
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?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .
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?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
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?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?