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?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
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...
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
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?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
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?
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.
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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. . . .
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product. Can. . . .
If: A + C = A; F x D = F; B - G = G; A + H = E; B / H = G; E - G = F and A-H represent the numbers from 0 to 7 Find the values of A, B, C, D, E, F and H.
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?
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?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
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?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
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.
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
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?
Here's a chance to work with large numbers...
Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?