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Shady Symmetry

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

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?

Pattern Power

Age 5 to 14

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

Khun Phaen Escapes to Freedom

Age 11 to 14
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Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

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?

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?

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. . . .

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?

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?

Sliced

Age 14 to 16
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An irregular tetrahedron has two opposite sides the same length a and the line joining their midpoints is perpendicular to these two edges and is of length b. What is the volume of the tetrahedron?

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?

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...?

Flight of the Flibbins

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

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?

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?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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A game for 2 players

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?

Hypotenuse Lattice Points

Age 14 to 16
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The triangle OMN has vertices on the axes with whole number co-ordinates. How many points with whole number coordinates are there on the hypotenuse MN?

The Spider and the Fly

Age 14 to 16
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A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?

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.

The Bridges of Konigsberg

Age 11 to 18
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Investigate how networks can be used to solve a problem for the 18th Century inhabitants of Konigsberg.

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?

Painted Cube

Age 14 to 16
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Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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. . . .

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

AMGM

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

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?

Dice, Routes and Pathways

Age 5 to 14

This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .

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?

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.

Double Trouble

Age 14 to 16
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Simple additions can lead to intriguing results...

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?

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?

Steel Cables

Age 14 to 16
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Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

3D Stacks

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

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?

Mystic Rose

Age 14 to 16
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Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.

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?