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?

Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.

Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

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?

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

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

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Make some loops out of regular hexagons. What rules can you discover?

The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are the three numbers Jo had to start with?”

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.

Janine noticed, while studying some cube numbers, that if you take three consecutive whole numbers and multiply them together and then add the middle number of the three, you get the middle number. . . .

Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

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?

Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.

Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.

Brian swims at twice the speed that a river is flowing, downstream from one moored boat to another and back again, taking 12 minutes altogether. How long would it have taken him in still water?

Account of an investigation which starts from the area of an annulus and leads to the formula for the difference of two squares.

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. . . .

What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 =

Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?

Think of a number and follow the machine's instructions... I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

Think of a number, add one, double it, take away 3, add the number you first thought of, add 7, divide by 3 and take away the number you first thought of. You should now be left with 2. How do I. . . .

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?

Robert noticed some interesting patterns when he highlighted square numbers in a spreadsheet. Can you prove that the patterns will continue?

The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?

Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

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?