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How Much Can We Spend?

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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?

Days and Dates

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Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

Differences

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

Cuboid Challenge

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

Searching for Mean(ing)

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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?

The Greedy Algorithm

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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.

Summing Consecutive Numbers

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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?

Make 37

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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.

Number Daisy

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Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

Rule of Three

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If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

Consecutive Seven

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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?

Sweet Shop

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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.

Handshakes

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

Marbles in a Box

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How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

Weights

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

Children at Large

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

Litov's Mean Value Theorem

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Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

Mixing More Paints

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Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

Special Numbers

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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?

Think of Two Numbers

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

Do You Feel Lucky?

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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?

Dozens

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

Sissa's Reward

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

Fractions Jigsaw

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A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

Mixing Paints

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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.

Counting Factors

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

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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. . . .

On the Edge

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If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Painted Cube

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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?

M, M and M

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If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Mirror, Mirror...

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Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Consecutive Negative Numbers

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

Route to Infinity

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

Letter Land

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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.

Product Sudoku

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The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Who Is the Fairest of Them All ?

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Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Funny Factorisation

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Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?

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

How Many Miles to Go?

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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?

Thousands and Millions

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Here's a chance to work with large numbers...

Keep it Simple

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

Cola Can

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An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

Can They Be Equal?

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Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

Consecutive Numbers

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

Squares in Rectangles

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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?

Sending a Parcel

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What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Going Round in Circles

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Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?

1 Step 2 Step

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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?

Picturing Square Numbers

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

Largest Product

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Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?