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Tea Cups

Age 7 to 14
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Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

Steps to the Podium

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

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

Counting on Letters

Age 11 to 14
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The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Building with Longer Rods

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

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.

Problem Solving: Opening up Problems

Age 5 to 16

All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .

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.

More Children and Plants

Age 7 to 14
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This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

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?

Stacks of Maths!

Age 5 to 14

In this article for teachers, Bernard gives an example of taking an initial activity and getting questions going that lead to other explorations.

The Invertible Trefoil

Age 14 to 16
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When is a knot invertible ?

Number Families

Age 11 to 14
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How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

Teddy Town

Age 5 to 14
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There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

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?

There's Always One Isn't There

Age 14 to 16
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Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14. Take the larger number, fourteen, and count up in 14s. Then divide each of those values by the 9, and look at the remainders.

2010: A Year of Investigations

Age 5 to 14

This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

So It's Times!

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?

Peeling the Apple or the Cone That Lost Its Head

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

How much peel does an apple have?

Squareo'scope Determines the Kind of Triangle

Age 11 to 14

A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.

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. . . .

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!

Snookered

Age 14 to 18
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In a snooker game the brown ball was on the lip of the pocket but it could not be hit directly as the black ball was in the way. How could it be potted by playing the white ball off a cushion?

Eight Ratios

Age 14 to 16
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Two perpendicular lines lie across each other and the end points are joined to form a quadrilateral. Eight ratios are defined, three are given but five need to be found.

Bent Out of Shape

Age 14 to 18
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An introduction to bond angle geometry.

Carbon Footprints

Age 14 to 16
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Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?

Two Regular Polygons

Age 14 to 16
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Two polygons fit together so that the exterior angle at each end of their shared side is 81 degrees. If both shapes now have to be regular could the angle still be 81 degrees?

Track Design

Age 14 to 16
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Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

Big and Small Numbers in the Physical World

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.

Big and Small Numbers in the Living World

Age 11 to 16
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Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.

Big and Small Numbers in Chemistry

Age 14 to 16
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Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.

Robot Camera

Age 14 to 16
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Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?

Perfect Eclipse

Age 14 to 16
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Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.

The Power of Dimensional Analysis

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to a useful tool to check the validity of an equation.

Big and Small Numbers in Physics

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.

Global Warming

Age 14 to 16
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How much energy has gone into warming the planet?

Advanced Investigations

Age 14 to 18
Challenge Level

Some of our more advanced investigations

Geometry and Gravity 1

Age 11 to 18

This article (the first of two) contains ideas for investigations. Space-time, the curvature of space and topology are introduced with some fascinating problems to explore.

Designing Table Mats

Age 11 to 16
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Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.

Witch's Hat

Age 11 to 16
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What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?

Alternative Record Book

Age 14 to 18
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In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.