Resources tagged with: Mathematical reasoning & proof

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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?

Always, Sometimes or Never? Number

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

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?

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?

Dicey Addition

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

Eleven

Age 11 to 14
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Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.

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: 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'.

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?

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.

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?

Aba

Age 11 to 14
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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.

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?

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.

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?

Making Pathways

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

Largest Product

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

The Genie in the Jar

Age 11 to 14
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This jar used to hold perfumed oil. It contained enough oil to fill granid silver bottles. Each bottle held enough to fill ozvik golden goblets and each goblet held enough to fill vaswik crystal. . . .

More Mathematical Mysteries

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

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.

Tis Unique

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Even So

Age 11 to 14
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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?

One O Five

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Chocolate Maths

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

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?

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!

Adding All Nine

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

Online

Age 7 to 11
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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.

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?

Top-heavy Pyramids

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Add 3 Dice

Age 7 to 11
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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. . . .

Calendar Capers

Age 11 to 14
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Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...

Is it Magic or Is it Maths?

Age 11 to 14
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Here are three 'tricks' to amaze your friends. But the really clever trick is explaining to them why these 'tricks' are maths not magic. Like all good magicians, you should practice by trying. . . .

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?

Mindreader

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Always the Same

Age 11 to 14
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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?

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?

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.

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?

Dicing with Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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In how many ways can you arrange three dice side by side on a surface so that the sum of the numbers on each of the four faces (top, bottom, front and back) is equal?

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?

Thirty Nine, Seventy Five

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Not Necessarily in That Order

Age 11 to 14
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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?

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...

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.