How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
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?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Bilbo goes on an adventure, before arriving back home. Using the information given about his journey, can you work out where Bilbo lives?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.
Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?