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Lost Books

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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?

Sticky Triangles

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Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Centred Squares

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This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Polygonals

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Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

Round the Dice Decimals 1

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Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Rope Mat

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How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

Round the Three Dice

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What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Sums and Differences 1

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This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Sums and Differences 2

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Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

Division Rules

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This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Calendar Calculations

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Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

Broken Toaster

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Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

Taking Steps

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In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Break it Up!

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

Sitting Round the Party Tables

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Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Magic Vs

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Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

Fault-free Rectangles

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Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Area and Perimeter

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What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Journeys in Numberland

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Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

Number Tracks

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Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

Magic Circles

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Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?

Button-up Some More

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How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Tiling

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An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Round the Dice Decimals 2

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What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Round and Round the Circle

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What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

Oddly

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Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.

Simple Train Journeys

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?

The Great Tiling Count

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Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

Build it Up

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Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

Magic Constants

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In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

Dice Stairs

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Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Build it up More

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This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Doplication

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We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

Play to 37

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In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Consecutive Negative Numbers

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Round the Four Dice

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This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

Domino Numbers

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Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Triangle Pin-down

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Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

Number Differences

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Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Up and Down Staircases

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One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

Cuisenaire Rods

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These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Number Pyramids

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

Got it for Two

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Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Three Dice

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Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Always, Sometimes or Never? Number

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Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Snake Coils

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This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.

Crossings

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In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

Circles, Circles

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

More Magic Potting Sheds

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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?

Cunning Card Trick

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Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?