Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
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?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
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
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
This problem is about investigating whether it is possible to start at one vertex of a platonic solid and visit every other vertex once only returning to the vertex you started at.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.