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There are 147 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Investigations, you may find related items under Thinking Mathematically.

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Division Rules

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

The Domesday Project

Age 7 to 11
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Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?

Olympic Rings

Age 5 to 7
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This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.

How Tall?

Age 5 to 11
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A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

Count the Digits

Age 5 to 11
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In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?

Shaping It

Age 5 to 11
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These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.

The Car That Passes

Age 7 to 11
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What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?

In the Playground

Age 5 to 11
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What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

Ip Dip

Age 5 to 11
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"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?

Triple Cubes

Age 5 to 11
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This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

Follow the Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

The Numbers Give the Design

Age 7 to 11
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Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Repeating Patterns

Age 5 to 7
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Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

Caterpillars

Age 5 to 7
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These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?

Turning

Age 5 to 7
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Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?

2 Rings

Age 5 to 7
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The red ring is inside the blue ring in this picture. Can you rearrange the rings in different ways? Perhaps you can overlap them or put one outside another?

Sort the Street

Age 5 to 7
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Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?

Brush Loads

Age 7 to 11
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How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

More Transformations on a Pegboard

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Halving

Age 5 to 7
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These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

Abundant Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

Egyptian Rope

Age 7 to 11
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The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

Buying a Balloon

Age 7 to 11
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Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

Colouring Triangles

Age 5 to 7
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Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11
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Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

Let's Investigate Triangles

Age 5 to 7
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Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

Making Cuboids

Age 7 to 11
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Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Making Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Sticky Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Round and Round the Circle

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Sweets in a Box

Age 7 to 11
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How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

Bracelets

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?

Doplication

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Roll These Dice

Age 7 to 11
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Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?

Pebbles

Age 7 to 11
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Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?

Plants

Age 5 to 14
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Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

Chocolate

Age 7 to 14
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There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?

Consecutive Numbers

Age 7 to 14
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An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Birthday Cake Candles

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.

Sending and Receiving Cards

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Troublesome Triangles

Age 7 to 14
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Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

Steps to the Podium

Age 7 to 14
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It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

It's Times Again

Age 7 to 14
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Which way of flipping over and/or turning this grid will give you the highest total? You'll need to imagine where the numbers will go in this tricky task!

Building with Longer Rods

Age 7 to 14
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A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

Crossing the Town Square

Age 7 to 11
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This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

Tiling Into Slanted Rectangles

Age 7 to 11
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A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

More Plant Spaces

Age 7 to 14
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This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

Building with Rods

Age 7 to 11
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In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

Tiles in the Garden

Age 7 to 11
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How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?