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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
There are thirteen axes of rotational symmetry of a unit cube. Describe them all. What is the average length of the parts of the axes of symmetry which lie inside the cube?
The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?
A counter is placed in the bottom right hand corner of a grid. You toss a coin and move the star according to the following rules: ... What is the probability that you end up in the top left-hand. . . .
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Can you give the coordinates of the vertices of the fifth point in the patterm on this 3D grid?
Use Excel to investigate the effect of translations around a number grid.
A simple file for the Interactive whiteboard or PC screen, demonstrating equivalent fractions.
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to explore number in this exciting game!
Show that for any triangle it is always possible to construct 3 touching circles with centres at the vertices. Is it possible to construct touching circles centred at the vertices of any polygon?
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.
These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.
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.
The interactive diagram has two labelled points, A and B. It is designed to be used with the problem "Cushion Ball"
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?
Use an Excel spreadsheet to explore long multiplication.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
Triangle ABC has equilateral triangles drawn on its edges. Points P, Q and R are the centres of the equilateral triangles. What can you prove about the triangle PQR?
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.
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Two circles of equal radius touch at P. One circle is fixed whilst the other moves, rolling without slipping, all the way round. How many times does the moving coin revolve before returning to P?
Can you find all the 4-ball shuffles?
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
Match the cards of the same value.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to investigate factors and multiples.
Use Excel to practise adding and subtracting fractions.
An Excel spreadsheet with an investigation.
This is an interactivity in which you have to sort the steps in the completion of the square into the correct order to prove the formula for the solutions of quadratic equations.
Use an Excel to investigate division. Explore the relationships between the process elements using an interactive spreadsheet.
Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.
A right-angled isosceles triangle is rotated about the centre point of a square. What can you say about the area of the part of the square covered by the triangle as it rotates?
There are 27 small cubes in a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, 54 faces being visible at any one time. Is it possible to reorganise these cubes so that by dipping the large cube into a pot of paint three times you. . . .
Can you set the logic gates so that the number of bulbs which are on is the same as the number of switches which are on?
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?
Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one of the engines, sets off flying along the railway line...
Meg and Mo need to hang their marbles so that they balance. Use the interactivity to experiment and find out what they need to do.
You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of area.