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Tourism

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Linkage

Age 11 to 14
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Four rods, two of length a and two of length b, are linked to form a kite. The linkage is moveable so that the angles change. What is the maximum area of the kite?

Squares in Rectangles

Age 11 to 14
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A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

Cogs

Age 11 to 14
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A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

Frogs

Age 11 to 14
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How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Trice

Age 11 to 14
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ABCDEFGH is a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. Point P is 1/3 along AB (that is AP : PB = 1 : 2), point Q is 1/3 along GH and point R is 1/3 along ED. What is the area of the triangle PQR?

Framed

Age 11 to 14
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Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .

Seven Squares - Group-worthy Task

Age 11 to 14
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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?

The Triangle Game

Age 11 to 16
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Can you discover whether this is a fair game?

Marbles in a Box

Age 11 to 16
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How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

Sliding Puzzle

Age 11 to 16
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The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

Concrete Wheel

Age 11 to 14
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A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?

Christmas Boxes

Age 11 to 14
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Find all the ways to cut out a 'net' of six squares that can be folded into a cube.

Weighty Problem

Age 11 to 14
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The diagram shows a very heavy kitchen cabinet. It cannot be lifted but it can be pivoted around a corner. The task is to move it, without sliding, in a series of turns about the corners so that it. . . .

Dotty Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Convex Polygons

Age 11 to 14
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Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.

Christmas Chocolates

Age 11 to 14
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How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Picturing Triangular Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

Shear Magic

Age 11 to 14
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Explore the area of families of parallelograms and triangles. Can you find rules to work out the areas?

Tower of Hanoi

Age 11 to 14
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The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.

Rati-o

Age 11 to 14
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Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?

Cutting a Cube

Age 11 to 14
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A half-cube is cut into two pieces by a plane through the long diagonal and at right angles to it. Can you draw a net of these pieces? Are they identical?

Tessellating Hexagons

Age 11 to 14
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Which hexagons tessellate?

Route to Infinity

Age 11 to 14
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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

Hello Again

Age 11 to 14
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Anne completes a circuit around a circular track in 40 seconds. Brenda runs in the opposite direction and meets Anne every 15 seconds. How long does it take Brenda to run around the track?

Picturing Square Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Constructing Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?

Rolling Around

Age 11 to 14
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A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?

Like a Circle in a Spiral

Age 7 to 16
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A cheap and simple toy with lots of mathematics. Can you interpret the images that are produced? Can you predict the pattern that will be produced using different wheels?

An Unusual Shape

Age 11 to 14
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Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?

Seven Squares

Age 11 to 14
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Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

Auditorium Steps

Age 7 to 14
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What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

Take One Example

Age 5 to 11

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Yih or Luk Tsut K'i or Three Men's Morris

Age 11 to 18
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Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

Squares, Squares and More Squares

Age 11 to 14
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Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?

Hidden Rectangles

Age 11 to 14
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Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

Playground Snapshot

Age 7 to 14
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The image in this problem is part of a piece of equipment found in the playground of a school. How would you describe it to someone over the phone?

Troublesome Dice

Age 11 to 14
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When dice land edge-up, we usually roll again. But what if we didn't...?

Pattern Power

Age 5 to 14

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

Cubes Within Cubes

Age 7 to 14
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We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Königsberg

Age 11 to 14
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Can you cross each of the seven bridges that join the north and south of the river to the two islands, once and once only, without retracing your steps?

Coloured Edges

Age 11 to 14
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The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?

Zooming in on the Squares

Age 7 to 14

Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?

Taking Steps

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Clocked

Age 11 to 14
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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?

3D Stacks

Age 7 to 14
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Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?

Paving Paths

Age 11 to 14
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How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1 foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?

Take Ten

Age 11 to 14
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Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original?

Tetra Square

Age 11 to 14
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ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.

All in the Mind

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine you are suspending a cube from one vertex and allowing it to hang freely. What shape does the surface of the water make around the cube?