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Triangular Tantaliser

Age 11 to 14
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Draw all the possible distinct triangles on a 4 x 4 dotty grid. Convince me that you have all possible triangles.

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?

Reflecting Squarely

Age 11 to 14
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In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make shapes with line symmetry?

Shady Symmetry

Age 11 to 14
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How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Star Gazing

Age 14 to 16
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Find the ratio of the outer shaded area to the inner area for a six pointed star and an eight pointed star.

Concrete Wheel

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

A Tilted Square

Age 14 to 16
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The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

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?

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?

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?

Corridors

Age 14 to 16
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A 10x10x10 cube is made from 27 2x2 cubes with corridors between them. Find the shortest route from one corner to the opposite corner.

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.

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. . . .

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?

One and Three

Age 14 to 16
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Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

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. . . .

All Tied Up

Age 14 to 16
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A ribbon runs around a box so that it makes a complete loop with two parallel pieces of ribbon on the top. How long will the ribbon be?

On the Edge

Age 11 to 14
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If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Square It

Age 11 to 16
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Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Something in Common

Age 14 to 16
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A square of area 3 square units cannot be drawn on a 2D grid so that each of its vertices have integer coordinates, but can it be drawn on a 3D grid? Investigate squares that can be drawn.

Ten Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 14
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These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

LOGO Challenge - Circles as Animals

Age 11 to 16
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See if you can anticipate successive 'generations' of the two animals shown here.

Eight Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 14
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On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

Baravelle

Age 7 to 16
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What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

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?

Natural Sum

Age 14 to 16
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The picture illustrates the sum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = (4 x 5)/2. Prove the general formula for the sum of the first n natural numbers and the formula for the sum of the cubes of the first n natural. . . .

Around and Back

Age 14 to 16
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A cyclist and a runner start off simultaneously around a race track each going at a constant speed. The cyclist goes all the way around and then catches up with the runner. He then instantly turns. . . .

A Problem of Time

Age 14 to 16
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Consider a watch face which has identical hands and identical marks for the hours. It is opposite to a mirror. When is the time as read direct and in the mirror exactly the same between 6 and 7?

Counting Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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Triangles are formed by joining the vertices of a skeletal cube. How many different types of triangle are there? How many triangles altogether?

Coke Machine

Age 14 to 16
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The coke machine in college takes 50 pence pieces. It also takes a certain foreign coin of traditional design...

Dissect

Age 11 to 14
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What is the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected into?

Just Opposite

Age 14 to 16
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A and C are the opposite vertices of a square ABCD, and have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d), respectively. What are the coordinates of the vertices B and D? What is the area of the square?

Prime Magic

Age 7 to 16
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Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?

An Unusual Shape

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

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?

Rolling Triangle

Age 11 to 14
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The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.

Chess

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Tied Up

Age 14 to 16 Short
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How much of the field can the animals graze?

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?

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?

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.

AMGM

Age 14 to 16
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Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality?

John's Train Is on Time

Age 11 to 14
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A train leaves on time. After it has gone 8 miles (at 33mph) the driver looks at his watch and sees that the hour hand is exactly over the minute hand. When did the train leave the station?

Thinking Through, and By, Visualising

Age 7 to 16

This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view. . . .

Soma - So Good

Age 11 to 14
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Can you mentally fit the 7 SOMA pieces together to make a cube? Can you do it in more than one way?

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?

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?

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?

Tetrahedra Tester

Age 11 to 14
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An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?

Wari

Age 14 to 16
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This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?