Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?
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?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
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.
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?