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Tessellating Hexagons

Age 11 to 14
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Which hexagons tessellate?

Just Rolling Round

Age 14 to 16
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P is a point on the circumference of a circle radius r which rolls, without slipping, inside a circle of radius 2r. What is the locus of P?

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?

Speeding Boats

Age 14 to 16
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Two boats travel up and down a lake. Can you picture where they will cross if you know how fast each boat is travelling?

Is There a Theorem?

Age 11 to 14
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Draw a square. A second square of the same size slides around the first always maintaining contact and keeping the same orientation. How far does the dot travel?

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?

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?

An Unusual Shape

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

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.

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. . . .

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. . . .

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?

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?

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?

Tilting Triangles

Age 14 to 16
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A right-angled isosceles triangle is rotated about the centre point of a square. What can you say about the area of the part of the square covered by the triangle as it rotates?

Konigsberg Plus

Age 11 to 14
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Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

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.

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?

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?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Fermat's Poser

Age 14 to 16
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Find the point whose sum of distances from the vertices (corners) of a given triangle is a minimum.

The Old Goats

Age 11 to 14
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A rectangular field has two posts with a ring on top of each post. There are two quarrelsome goats and plenty of ropes which you can tie to their collars. How can you secure them so they can't. . . .

Semi-regular Tessellations

Age 11 to 16
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Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

Pattern Power

Age 5 to 14

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

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?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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A game for 2 players

Cubes Within Cubes Revisited

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

Polygon Pictures

Age 11 to 14
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Can you work out how these polygon pictures were drawn, and use that to figure out their angles?

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?

3D Stacks

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

Polygon Rings

Age 11 to 14
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Join pentagons together edge to edge. Will they form a ring?

Partly Painted Cube

Age 14 to 16
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Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

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?

Clocking Off

Age 7 to 16
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I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?

Keep Your Distance

Age 11 to 14
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Can you mark 4 points on a flat surface so that there are only two different distances between them?

Square Coordinates

Age 11 to 14
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A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

Inside Out

Age 14 to 16
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There are 27 small cubes in a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, 54 faces being visible at any one time. Is it possible to reorganise these cubes so that by dipping the large cube into a pot of paint three times you. . . .

Triangles Within Pentagons

Age 14 to 16
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Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.

Triangles Within Triangles

Age 14 to 16
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Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

Buses

Age 11 to 14
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A bus route has a total duration of 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, two buses set out, one from each end. How many buses will one bus meet on its way from one end to the other end?

Coordinate Patterns

Age 11 to 14
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Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?

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.

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.

Circuit Training

Age 14 to 16
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Mike and Monisha meet at the race track, which is 400m round. Just to make a point, Mike runs anticlockwise whilst Monisha runs clockwise. Where will they meet on their way around and will they ever. . . .

Changing Places

Age 14 to 16
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Place a red counter in the top left corner of a 4x4 array, which is covered by 14 other smaller counters, leaving a gap in the bottom right hand corner (HOME). What is the smallest 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?

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. . . .

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?

Screwed-up

Age 11 to 14
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A cylindrical helix is just a spiral on a cylinder, like an ordinary spring or the thread on a bolt. If I turn a left-handed helix over (top to bottom) does it become a right handed helix?

Crossing the Atlantic

Age 11 to 14
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Every day at noon a boat leaves Le Havre for New York while another boat leaves New York for Le Havre. The ocean crossing takes seven days. How many boats will each boat cross during their journey?