Resources tagged with: Mathematical reasoning & proof

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There are 96 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Mathematical reasoning & proof, you may find related items under Thinking Mathematically.

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Always, Sometimes or Never? Shape

Age 7 to 11
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Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Always, Sometimes or Never? Number

Age 7 to 11
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Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Always, Sometimes or Never?

Age 5 to 11
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Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

Dicey Addition

Age 5 to 11
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Who said that adding couldn't be fun?

Three Neighbours

Age 7 to 11
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Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

Square Subtraction

Age 7 to 11
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Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?

Take Three Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

Tower of Hanoi

Age 11 to 14
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The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.

Cyclic Quadrilaterals

Age 11 to 16
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Draw some quadrilaterals on a 9-point circle and work out the angles. Is there a theorem?

Power Mad!

Age 11 to 14
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Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

Elevenses

Age 11 to 14
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How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

What Do You Need?

Age 7 to 11
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Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

Seven Squares - Group-worthy Task

Age 11 to 14
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Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?

More Number Pyramids

Age 11 to 14
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When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Children at Large

Age 11 to 14
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There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Take Three from Five

Age 11 to 16
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Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Largest Product

Age 11 to 14
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Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

1 Step 2 Step

Age 11 to 14
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Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

Interactive Balance

Age 5 to 11
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In this simulation of a balance, you can drag numbers and parts of number sentences on to the trays. Have a play!

True or False?

Age 7 to 11
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Without doing lots of calculations, can you decide which of these number sentences are true? How do you know?

Sweetie Box

Age 5 to 11
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Max and Bryony both have a box of sweets. What do you know about the number of sweets they each have?

Guess What?

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find out which 3D shape your partner has chosen before they work out your shape?

Less Is More

Age 5 to 11
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Use your knowledge of place value to try to win this game. How will you maximise your score?

Neighbourly Addition

Age 7 to 14
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I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

More Number Sandwiches

Age 11 to 16
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When is it impossible to make number sandwiches?

Making Pathways

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

Gabriel's Problem

Age 11 to 14
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Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

Reasoning: the Journey from Novice to Expert (article)

Age 5 to 11

This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which we can help learners move from being novice reasoners to expert reasoners.

Same Length

Age 11 to 16
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Construct two equilateral triangles on a straight line. There are two lengths that look the same - can you prove it?

Reasoning: Identifying Opportunities (article)

Age 5 to 11

In this article for primary teachers we consider in depth when we might reason which helps us understand what reasoning 'looks like'.

What Numbers Can We Make Now?

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Take One Example

Age 5 to 11

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Advent Calendar 2011 - Secondary

Age 11 to 18
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Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

What Numbers Can We Make?

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

Breaking the Equation ' Empirical Argument = Proof '

Age 7 to 18

This article stems from research on the teaching of proof and offers guidance on how to move learners from focussing on experimental arguments to mathematical arguments and deductive reasoning.

Sticky Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

Air Nets

Age 7 to 18
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Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.

Truth Tables and Electronic Circuits

Age 11 to 18

Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.

Cows and Sheep

Age 7 to 11
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Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.

9 Weights

Age 11 to 14
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You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?

Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

Age 5 to 18
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Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

Tessellating Hexagons

Age 11 to 14
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Which hexagons tessellate?

Concrete Wheel

Age 11 to 14
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A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?

Logic

Age 7 to 14

What does logic mean to us and is that different to mathematical logic? We will explore these questions in this article.

Paradoxes

Age 7 to 14

A paradox is a statement that seems to be both untrue and true at the same time. This article looks at a few examples and challenges you to investigate them for yourself.

Sprouts Explained

Age 7 to 18

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

Go Forth and Generalise

Age 11 to 14

Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

The Bridges of Konigsberg

Age 11 to 18
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Investigate how networks can be used to solve a problem for the 18th Century inhabitants of Konigsberg.

Tourism

Age 11 to 14
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If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

Clocked

Age 11 to 14
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Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?