Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?