Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?
You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...
What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
Six balls are shaken. You win if at least one red ball ends in a corner. What is the probability of winning?
Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining up three points round the edge?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?
Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?
Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?
A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?
Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?
Seven balls are shaken. You win if the two blue balls end up touching. What is the probability of winning?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?
Alison and Charlie are playing a game. Charlie wants to go first so Alison lets him. Was that such a good idea?
Can you recreate squares and rhombuses if you are only given a side or a diagonal?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
How well can you estimate 10 seconds? Investigate with our timing tool.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
Explore the relationships between different paper sizes.
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...
Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?