Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?
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?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Can you recreate squares and rhombuses if you are only given a side or a diagonal?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.
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?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
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?
Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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?
In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
How well can you estimate 10 seconds? Investigate with our timing tool.
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
Alison and Charlie are playing a game. Charlie wants to go first so Alison lets him. Was that such a good idea?
Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in the corner?
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining up three points round the edge?
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?