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?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
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?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.
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?
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?
Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls touch. What is the probability of winning?
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. . . .
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
What happens when you add a three digit number to its reverse?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
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?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Can you find the hidden factors which multiply together to produce each quadratic expression?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?
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 solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you crack these cryptarithms?
Chris and Jo put two red and four blue ribbons in a box. They each pick a ribbon from the box without looking. Jo wins if the two ribbons are the same colour. Is the game fair?
Imagine a room full of people who keep flipping coins until they get a tail. Will anyone get six heads in a row?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?