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Broad Topics > Thinking Mathematically > Visualising

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. . . .

Middle Man

Age 16 to 18
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Mark a point P inside a closed curve. Is it always possible to find two points that lie on the curve, such that P is the mid point of the line joining these two points?

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.

Proofs with Pictures

Age 14 to 18

Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.

The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: 5 to 18

Age 5 to 16

This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .

AMGM

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

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.

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. . . .

Building Gnomons

Age 14 to 16
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Build gnomons that are related to the Fibonacci sequence and try to explain why this is possible.

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 Squares

Age 14 to 16
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Can you find a rule which relates triangular numbers to square numbers?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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A game for 2 players

Instant Insanity

Age 11 to 18
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Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

Triangles Within Triangles

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

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?

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?

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?

Ding Dong Bell

Age 11 to 18

The reader is invited to investigate changes (or permutations) in the ringing of church bells, illustrated by braid diagrams showing the order in which the bells are rung.

Picture Story

Age 14 to 16
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Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of the first six cube numbers?

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. . . .

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.

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?

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?

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. . . .

Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

Age 5 to 18
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Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

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?

Building Tetrahedra

Age 14 to 16
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Can you make a tetrahedron whose faces all have the same perimeter?

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?

Maximum Scattering

Age 16 to 18
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Your data is a set of positive numbers. What is the maximum value that the standard deviation can take?

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?

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?

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.

Proximity

Age 14 to 16
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We are given a regular icosahedron having three red vertices. Show that it has a vertex that has at least two red neighbours.

Summing Squares

Age 14 to 16
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Discover a way to sum square numbers by building cuboids from small cubes. Can you picture how the sequence will grow?

Classical Means

Age 16 to 18
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Use the diagram to investigate the classical Pythagorean means.

Penta Colour

Age 14 to 16
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In how many different ways can I colour the five edges of a pentagon red, blue and green so that no two adjacent edges are the same colour?

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. . . .

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?

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?

Cuboid Challenge

Age 11 to 16
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What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?

The Triangle Game

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

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?

Making Tracks

Age 14 to 16
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A bicycle passes along a path and leaves some tracks. Is it possible to say which track was made by the front wheel and which by the back wheel?

The Perforated Cube

Age 14 to 16
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A cube is made from smaller cubes, 5 by 5 by 5, then some of those cubes are removed. Can you make the specified shapes, and what is the most and least number of cubes required ?

Double Trouble

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

LOGO Challenge - Triangles-squares-stars

Age 11 to 16
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Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

Sprouts

Age 7 to 18
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A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

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?

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. . . .

Efficient Packing

Age 14 to 16
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How efficiently can you pack together disks?