There are exactly 3 ways to add 4 odd numbers to get 10. Find all the ways of adding 8 odd numbers to get 20. To be sure of getting all the solutions you will need to be systematic. What about. . . .
Ann thought of 5 numbers and told Bob all the sums that could be made by adding the numbers in pairs. The list of sums is 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10,10, 11, 12. Help Bob to find out which numbers Ann was. . . .
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
If you wrote all the possible four digit numbers made by using each of the digits 2, 4, 5, 7 once, what would they add up to?
Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
A combination mechanism for a safe comprises thirty-two tumblers numbered from one to thirty-two in such a way that the numbers in each wheel total 132... Could you open the safe?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Whenever two chameleons of different colours meet they change colour to the third colour. Describe the shortest sequence of meetings in which all the chameleons change to green if you start with 12. . . .
This challenge is to make up YOUR OWN alphanumeric. Each letter represents a digit and where the same letter appears more than once it must represent the same digit each time.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the numbers in this sum
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n $ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.
When I type a sequence of letters my calculator gives the product of all the numbers in the corresponding memories. What numbers should I store so that when I type 'ONE' it returns 1, and when I type. . . .
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
You have four jugs of 9, 7, 4 and 2 litres capacity. The 9 litre jug is full of wine, the others are empty. Can you divide the wine into three equal quantities?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.