An account of some magic squares and their properties and and how to construct them for yourself.
The country Sixtania prints postage stamps with only three values 6 lucres, 10 lucres and 15 lucres (where the currency is in lucres).Which values cannot be made up with combinations of these postage. . . .
Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?
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.
This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.
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.
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
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. . . .
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?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.
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?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Find the numbers in this sum
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. . . .
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
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. . . .
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.
Can you explain how this card trick works?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3 and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can only use each digit once.
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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. . . .
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?
The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?