I added together the first 'n' positive integers and found that my answer was a 3 digit number in which all the digits were the same...

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?

If a two digit number has its digits reversed and the smaller of the two numbers is subtracted from the larger, prove the difference can never be prime.

Choose any four consecutive even numbers. Multiply the two middle numbers together. Multiply the first and last numbers. Now subtract your second answer from the first. Try it with your own. . . .

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?”

If you know the perimeter of a right angled triangle, what can you say about the area?

32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

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.

Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .

Write down a three-digit number Change the order of the digits to get a different number Find the difference between the two three digit numbers Follow the rest of the instructions then try. . . .

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

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?

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?

Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.

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

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

Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?

Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17.

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?

What is special about the difference between squares of numbers adjacent to multiples of three?

Can you figure out how sequences of beach huts are generated?

The Number Jumbler can always work out your chosen symbol. Can you work out how?

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

A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the end and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. Did you get a multiple of 11?

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

Can you explain why a sequence of operations always gives you perfect squares?

There are unexpected discoveries to be made about square numbers...

Play around with the Fibonacci sequence and discover some surprising results!

Find the five distinct digits N, R, I, C and H in the following nomogram

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?

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?

The squares of any 8 consecutive numbers can be arranged into two sets of four numbers with the same sum. True of false?

Can you explain what is going on in these puzzling number tricks?

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.

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

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

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

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

How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

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

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

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

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?

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}.

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?