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 guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?
If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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 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?
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?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
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.
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
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?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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. . . .
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
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.
Here's a chance to work with large numbers...
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.
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
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: 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.
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?
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
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?
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?