Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?
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?
Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?
If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the end and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. Did you get a multiple of 11?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
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?
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?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
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?
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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.
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?
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?
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?
Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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 ?
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?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
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.
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. . . .
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
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?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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...
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?
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?
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?
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
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?