Two buses leave at the same time from two towns Shipton and Veston on the same long road, travelling towards each other. At each mile along the road are milestones. The buses' speeds are constant. . . .
If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?
The triathlon is a physically gruelling challenge. Can you work out which athlete burnt the most calories?
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. . . .
How long will it take Mary and Nigel to wash an elephant if they work together?
An article for teachers which discusses the differences between ratio and proportion, and invites readers to contribute their own thoughts.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Anne completes a circuit around a circular track in 40 seconds. Brenda runs in the opposite direction and meets Anne every 15 seconds. How long does it take Brenda to run around the track?
Two boats travel up and down a lake. Can you picture where they will cross if you know how fast each boat is travelling?
A farmer is supplying a mix of seeds, nuts and dried apricots to a manufacturer of crunchy cereal bars. What combination of ingredients costing £5 per kg could he supply?
Mainly for teachers. More mathematics of yesteryear.
The Earth is further from the Sun than Venus, but how much further? Twice as far? Ten times?
A ladder 3m long rests against a wall with one end a short distance from its base. Between the wall and the base of a ladder is a garden storage box 1m tall and 1m high. What is the maximum distance. . . .
My recipe is for 12 cakes - how do I change it if I want to make a different number of cakes?
A cyclist and a runner start off simultaneously around a race track each going at a constant speed. The cyclist goes all the way around and then catches up with the runner. He then instantly turns. . . .
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. . . .
One night two candles were lit. Can you work out how long each candle was originally?
Scientists often require solutions which are diluted to a particular concentration. In this problem, you can explore the mathematics of simple dilutions
Can you work out the fraction of the original triangle that is covered by the inner triangle?
Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg in a square hole?
Using an understanding that 1:2 and 2:3 were good ratios, start with a length and keep reducing it to 2/3 of itself. Each time that took the length under 1/2 they doubled it to get back within range.
Making a scale model of the solar system
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?
The large rectangle is divided into a series of smaller quadrilaterals and triangles. Can you untangle what fractional part is represented by each of the ten numbered shapes?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Which dilutions can you make using 10ml pipettes and 100ml measuring cylinders?
Which exact dilution ratios can you make using only 2 dilutions?
Can you fill in the mixed up numbers in this dilution calculation?
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
What's the most efficient proportion for a 1 litre tin of paint?
The Pythagoreans noticed that nice simple ratios of string length made nice sounds together.
Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?
Triangle ABC is equilateral. D, the midpoint of BC, is the centre of the semi-circle whose radius is R which touches AB and AC, as well as a smaller circle with radius r which also touches AB and AC. . . .
At the beginning of the night three poker players; Alan, Bernie and Craig had money in the ratios 7 : 6 : 5. At the end of the night the ratio was 6 : 5 : 4. One of them won $1 200. What were the. . . .
A circular plate rolls in contact with the sides of a rectangular tray. How much of its circumference comes into contact with the sides of the tray when it rolls around one circuit?
Take any rectangle ABCD such that AB > BC. The point P is on AB and Q is on CD. Show that there is exactly one position of P and Q such that APCQ is a rhombus.
A garrison of 600 men has just enough bread ... but, with the news that the enemy was planning an attack... How many ounces of bread a day must each man in the garrison be allowed, to hold out 45. . . .
Four jewellers share their stock. Can you work out the relative values of their gems?
Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?
If the sides of the triangle in the diagram are 3, 4 and 5, what is the area of the shaded square?
What is the ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?
Two right-angled triangles are connected together as part of a structure. An object is dropped from the top of the green triangle where does it pass the base of the blue triangle?
In the ancient city of Atlantis a solid rectangular object called a Zin was built in honour of the goddess Tina. Your task is to determine on which day of the week the obelisk was completed.
A right circular cone is filled with liquid to a depth of half its vertical height. The cone is inverted. How high up the vertical height of the cone will the liquid rise?
Find the area of the shaded region created by the two overlapping triangles in terms of a and b?
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...
Find the ratio of the outer shaded area to the inner area for a six pointed star and an eight pointed star.
Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.