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Attractive Tablecloths

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Napoleon's Theorem

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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Zodiac

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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Overlap

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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. . . .

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Cubic Rotations

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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More Number Pyramids

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Cushion Ball Interactivity

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The interactive diagram has two labelled points, A and B. It is designed to be used with the problem "Cushion Ball"

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Percentages for Key Stage 4

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A group of interactive resources to support work on percentages Key Stage 4.

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Shuffle Shriek

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you find all the 4-ball shuffles?

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Online

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Volume of a Pyramid and a Cone

Stage: 3

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.

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Nim-interactive

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Cops and Robbers

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?

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Tracking Points

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you give the coordinates of the vertices of the fifth point in the patterm on this 3D grid?

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A Tilted Square

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

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Overlaid

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?

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Interactive Number Patterns

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Ratio Pairs 3

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Match pairs of cards so that they have equivalent ratios.

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Polycircles

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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Number Pyramids

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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Jam

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

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Advent Calendar 2009

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A collection of our favourite pictorial problems, one for each day of Advent.

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Partitioning Revisited

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Konigsberg Plus

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Countdown Fractions

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.

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Changing Places

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Place a red counter in the top left corner of a 4x4 array, which is covered by 14 other smaller counters, leaving a gap in the bottom right hand corner (HOME). What is the smallest number of moves. . . .

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Picturing Triangular Numbers

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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Shear Magic

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

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Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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Dice and Spinners Environment

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A tool for generating random integers.

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Magic W

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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White Box

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.

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Sliding Puzzle

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Excel Interactive Resource: Fraction Multiplication

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.

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Cogs

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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. . . .

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Cellular

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Cellular is an animation that helps you make geometric sequences composed of square cells.

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Inside Out

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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. . . .

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Vector Racer

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The classic vector racing game brought to a screen near you.

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Tilting Triangles

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Instant Insanity

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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.

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Olympic Magic

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Muggles Magic

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Red or Black Spinner

Stage: Early years, 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .

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Game of PIG - Sixes

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

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Estimating Angles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How good are you at estimating angles?

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Proof Sorter - Quadratic Equation

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Got a Strategy for Last Biscuit?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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Rolling Around

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?

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Have You Got It?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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An Unhappy End

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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...