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Enriching Experience

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Find the five distinct digits N, R, I, C and H in the following nomogram

Legs Eleven

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Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?

Number Rules - OK

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Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

2-digit Square

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A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number?

Quick Times

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32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

Seven Up

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The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

Even So

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Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

Special Sums and Products

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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.

Chocolate Maths

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Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .

Back to Basics

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Find b where 3723(base 10) = 123(base b).

Good Work If You Can Get It

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A job needs three men but in fact six people do it. When it is finished they are all paid the same. How much was paid in total, and much does each man get if the money is shared as Fred suggests?

How Many Miles to Go?

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How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

Magic W

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Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

Reasonable Algebra

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Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the sum of consecutive numbers.

Always a Multiple?

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Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Plum Tree

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Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!

Pair Products

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Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

More Number Pyramids

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When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Perfectly Square

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The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?

AMGM

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Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality?

Hand Swap

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My train left London between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and arrived in Paris between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. At the start and end of the journey the hands on my watch were in exactly the same positions but the. . . .

One and Three

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Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

How Big?

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If the sides of the triangle in the diagram are 3, 4 and 5, what is the area of the shaded square?

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Think of a number... follow the machine's instructions. I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

The Pillar of Chios

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Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .

Unit Interval

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Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?

Three Four Five

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Two semi-circles (each of radius 1/2) touch each other, and a semi-circle of radius 1 touches both of them. Find the radius of the circle which touches all three semi-circles.

Lower Bound

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What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 =

Triangles Within Pentagons

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Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.

Partly Painted Cube

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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?

Christmas Chocolates

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How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Pythagoras Proofs

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Can you make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

Generating Triples

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Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?

Steel Cables

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Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

Marbles in a Box

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How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

Seven Squares

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Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

Crossed Ends

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Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

Painted Cube

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Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Screen Shot

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A moveable screen slides along a mirrored corridor towards a centrally placed light source. A ray of light from that source is directed towards a wall of the corridor, which it strikes at 45 degrees. . . .

Triangles Within Triangles

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Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

' Tis Whole

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Take a few whole numbers away from a triangle number. If you know the mean of the remaining numbers can you find the triangle number and which numbers were removed?

Cubes Within Cubes Revisited

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Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

Interactive Number Patterns

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How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?

Balance Point

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Attach weights of 1, 2, 4, and 8 units to the four attachment points on the bar. Move the bar from side to side until you find a balance point. Is it possible to predict that position?

Magic Sums and Products

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How to build your own magic squares.

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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?

Attractive Tablecloths

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Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

Fair Shares?

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A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally?

Sum Equals Product

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The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 × 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . .

Hike and Hitch

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Fifteen students had to travel 60 miles. They could use a car, which could only carry 5 students. As the car left with the first 5 (at 40 miles per hour), the remaining 10 commenced hiking along the. . . .