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Broad Topics > Decision Mathematics and Combinatorics > Combinations

Tea Cups

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

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.

Coins

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

Brailler

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

The machine I use to produce Braille messages is faulty and one of the pins that makes a raised dot is not working. I typed a short message in Braille. Can you work out what it really says?

Even Up

Age 11 to 14 ShortChallenge Level

Consider all of the five digit numbers which we can form using only the digits 2, 4, 6 and 8. If these numbers are arranged in ascending order, what is the 512th number?

More Children and Plants

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

The Secret World of Codes and Code Breaking

Age 7 to 16

When you think of spies and secret agents, you probably wouldn’t think of mathematics. Some of the most famous code breakers in history have been mathematicians.

Sam Again

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Here is a collection of puzzles about Sam's shop sent in by club members. Perhaps you can make up more puzzles, find formulas or find general methods.

Human Food

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Sam displays cans in 3 triangular stacks. With the same number he could make one large triangular stack or stack them all in a square based pyramid. How many cans are there how were they arranged?

Plants

Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

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

Teddy Town

Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

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?

More Plant Spaces

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

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.

Clocked

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?

Trominoes

Age 11 to 16Challenge Level

Can all but one square of an 8 by 8 Chessboard be covered by Trominoes?

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Is it possible to use all 28 dominoes arranging them in squares of four? What patterns can you see in the solution(s)?

Painting Cubes

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?

Flight of the Flibbins

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Blue Flibbins are so jealous of their red partners that they will not leave them on their own with any other bue Flibbin. What is the quickest way of getting the five pairs of Flibbins safely to. . . .

Flagging

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

How many tricolour flags are possible with 5 available colours such that two adjacent stripes must NOT be the same colour. What about 256 colours?

Six Times Five

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?

Dicing with Numbers

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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?

Pattern of Islands

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

In how many distinct ways can six islands be joined by bridges so that each island can be reached from every other island...

The Olympic Torch Tour

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?

Elevenses

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

Colour Building

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Using only the red and white rods, how many different ways are there to make up the other rods?

Lesser Digits

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?

Take Three from Five

Age 11 to 16Challenge Level

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

In a league of 5 football teams which play in a round robin tournament show that it is possible for all five teams to be league leaders.

Factoring a Million

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?

Cuisenaire Environment

Age 5 to 16Challenge Level

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Cross-country Race

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Eight children enter the autumn cross-country race at school. How many possible ways could they come in at first, second and third places?

1 Step 2 Step

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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?

Crossing the Bridge

Age 11 to 18Challenge Level

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

Nine or Ten?

Age 11 to 14 ShortChallenge Level

Is a score of 9 more likely than a score of 10 when you roll three dice?

Scratch Cards

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

To win on a scratch card you have to uncover three numbers that add up to more than fifteen. What is the probability of winning a prize?

Coin Tossing Games

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

You and I play a game involving successive throws of a fair coin. Suppose I pick HH and you pick TH. The coin is thrown repeatedly until we see either two heads in a row (I win) or a tail followed by. . . .

Binomial Coefficients

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.

Chances Are

Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?