Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

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.

A car's milometer reads 4631 miles and the trip meter has 173.3 on it. How many more miles must the car travel before the two numbers contain the same digits in the same order?

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 size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

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.

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?

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.

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

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?

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?

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .

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...

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

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?

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?

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?

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?

Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

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?

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?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

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. . . .

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

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?

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 you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?