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Intersecting Circles

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Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other. What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles could have?

Christmas Chocolates

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

Shear Magic

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

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?

Is There a Theorem?

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Draw a square. A second square of the same size slides around the first always maintaining contact and keeping the same orientation. How far does the dot travel?

Picturing Square Numbers

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Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Route to Infinity

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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

Triangle Numbers

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Take a look at the multiplication square. The first eleven triangle numbers have been identified. Can you see a pattern? Does the pattern continue?

Tourism

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If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

Mirror, Mirror...

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Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Tilted Squares

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It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

More Number Pyramids

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

More Twisting and Turning

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It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...

All Tangled Up

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Can you tangle yourself up and reach any fraction?

Go Forth and Generalise

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Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

Threesomes

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Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?

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. . . .

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 =

Enclosing Squares

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Can you find sets of sloping lines that enclose a square?

Picturing Triangle Numbers

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Triangle 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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List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

Make 37

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Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

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Think of a number, add one, double it, take away 3, add the number you first thought of, add 7, divide by 3 and take away the number you first thought of. You should now be left with 2. How do I. . . .

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?

Handshakes

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Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

Partitioning Revisited

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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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A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

Chess

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What would be the smallest number of moves needed to move a Knight from a chess set from one corner to the opposite corner of a 99 by 99 square board?

...on the Wall

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Explore the effect of reflecting in two intersecting mirror lines.

Steps to the Podium

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It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

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. . . .

2001 Spatial Oddity

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With one cut a piece of card 16 cm by 9 cm can be made into two pieces which can be rearranged to form a square 12 cm by 12 cm. Explain how this can be done.

Cuboid Challenge

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What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

One O Five

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You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

Dicing with Numbers

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In how many ways can you arrange three dice side by side on a surface so that the sum of the numbers on each of the four faces (top, bottom, front and back) is equal?

For Richer for Poorer

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Charlie has moved between countries and the average income of both has increased. How can this be so?

Magic Letters

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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Searching for Mean(ing)

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Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

Converging Means

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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. . . .

Mini-max

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Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .

Pick's Theorem

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Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.

What Numbers Can We Make Now?

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Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

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.

Konigsberg Plus

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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.

Number Pyramids

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

Egyptian Fractions

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The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. Here is a chance to explore how they could have written different fractions.

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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?

Keep it Simple

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Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

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?

What Numbers Can We Make?

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Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?