Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money?
Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .
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. . . .
If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?
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.
Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?
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?
A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?
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. . . .
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?
Why does this fold create an angle of sixty degrees?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
A plastic funnel is used to pour liquids through narrow apertures. What shape funnel would use the least amount of plastic to manufacture for any specific volume ?
Can you work out the dimensions of the three cubes?
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.
The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?
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?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
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 ?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?
A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
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?
The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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.
What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
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?
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 maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?