Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50 times. What is the value of the digit M?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
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?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
The flow chart requires two numbers, M and N. Select several values for M and try to establish what the flow chart does.
Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?