How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes I've used. Can you see any patterns?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.
How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1 foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice about the answers?
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.
Explore one of these five pictures.
Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?
"Tell me the next two numbers in each of these seven minor spells", chanted the Mathemagician, "And the great spell will crumble away!" Can you help Anna and David break the spell?
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?
Liitle Millennium Man was born on Saturday 1st January 2000 and he will retire on the first Saturday 1st January that occurs after his 60th birthday. How old will he be when he retires?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Show that 8778, 10296 and 13530 are three triangular numbers and that they form a Pythagorean triple.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
July 1st 2001 was on a Sunday. July 1st 2002 was on a Monday. When did July 1st fall on a Monday again?
Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Take any two positive numbers. Calculate the arithmetic and geometric means. Repeat the calculations to generate a sequence of arithmetic means and geometric means. Make a note of what happens to the. . . .
Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other. What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles could have?
What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 =
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
This article for teachers describes the exchanges on an email talk list about ideas for an investigation which has the sum of the squares as its solution.
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Alison, Bernard and Charlie have been exploring sequences of odd and even numbers, which raise some intriguing questions...
There are lots of ideas to explore in these sequences of ordered fractions.
Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
Here are some circle bugs to try to replicate with some elegant programming, plus some sequences generated elegantly in LOGO.
Choose any 4 whole numbers and take the difference between consecutive numbers, ending with the difference between the first and the last numbers. What happens when you repeat this process over and. . . .