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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Mathematical reasoning & proof Making Pathways

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs? Cows and Sheep

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Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field. Take Three Numbers

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

Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . . Square Subtraction

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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? What Do You Need?

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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? Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . . Three Neighbours

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Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice? Top-heavy Pyramids

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

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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? Pattern of Islands

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In how many distinct ways can six islands be joined by bridges so that each island can be reached from every other island... Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

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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? Sticky Numbers

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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? What Numbers Can We Make Now?

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Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now? Always, Sometimes or Never?

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Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true? Always, Sometimes or Never? Number

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Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true? Eleven

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Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct. Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed? Even So

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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? Tis Unique

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This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility. Pyramids

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What are the missing numbers in the pyramids? Always the Same

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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? 9 Weights

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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? Aba

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In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct. What Numbers Can We Make?

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

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From a group of any 4 students in a class of 30, each has exchanged Christmas cards with the other three. Show that some students have exchanged cards with all the other students in the class. How. . . . Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Who said that adding couldn't be fun? Online

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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. Cross-country Race

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Eight children enter the autumn cross-country race at school. How many possible ways could they come in at first, second and third places? Children at Large

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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? One O Five

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You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . . Not Necessarily in That Order

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Baker, Cooper, Jones and Smith are four people whose occupations are teacher, welder, mechanic and programmer, but not necessarily in that order. What is each person’s occupation? Calendar Capers

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Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page... 1 Step 2 Step

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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? Thirty Nine, Seventy Five

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We have exactly 100 coins. There are five different values of coins. We have decided to buy a piece of computer software for 39.75. We have the correct money, not a penny more, not a penny less! Can. . . . A Chordingly

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Find the area of the annulus in terms of the length of the chord which is tangent to the inner circle. Largest Product

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Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product? 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. Tourism

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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. Con Tricks

Age 11 to 14

Here are some examples of 'cons', and see if you can figure out where the trick is. How Many Dice?

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A standard die has the numbers 1, 2 and 3 are opposite 6, 5 and 4 respectively so that opposite faces add to 7? If you make standard dice by writing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 on blank cubes you will find. . . . Advent Calendar 2011 - Secondary

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Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas. Flight of the Flibbins

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Blue Flibbins are so jealous of their red partners that they will not leave them on their own with any other bue Flibbin. What is the quickest way of getting the five pairs of Flibbins safely to. . . . 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. Winning Team

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Nine cross country runners compete in a team competition in which there are three matches. If you were a judge how would you decide who would win? Tri-colour

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Six points are arranged in space so that no three are collinear. How many line segments can be formed by joining the points in pairs? 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. Marbles

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I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades? More Marbles

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I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?