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Polygonals

Age 7 to 11
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Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

Lost Books

Age 7 to 11
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While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

Build it Up

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

Journeys in Numberland

Age 7 to 11
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Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

Sums and Differences 2

Age 7 to 11
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Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

Build it up More

Age 7 to 11
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This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Button-up Some More

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Growing Garlic

Age 5 to 11
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Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?

Sums and Differences 1

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Age 7 to 11
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Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Sitting Round the Party Tables

Age 5 to 11
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Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Centred Squares

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Tiling

Age 7 to 11
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An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Sticky Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Broken Toaster

Age 7 to 11 Short
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Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

Dice Stairs

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Division Rules

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Cuisenaire Squares

Age 7 to 11
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These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Round the Three Dice

Age 7 to 11
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What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Break it Up!

Age 5 to 11
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In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

Move a Match

Age 7 to 11
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How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

Doplication

Age 7 to 11
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We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

Area and Perimeter

Age 7 to 11
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What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Magic Vs

Age 7 to 11
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Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

Calendar Calculations

Age 7 to 11
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Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

Taking Steps

Age 7 to 11
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In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

The Great Tiling Count

Age 7 to 11
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Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

Counting Counters

Age 7 to 11
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Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Simple Train Journeys

Age 5 to 11
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How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?

Round and Round the Circle

Age 7 to 11
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What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

Cut it Out

Age 7 to 11
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Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?

Magic Circles

Age 7 to 11
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Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?

Bundles of Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?

Magic Constants

Age 7 to 11
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In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

More Magic Potting Sheds

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Round the Dice Decimals 1

Age 7 to 11
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Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

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. . . .

Round the Dice Decimals 2

Age 7 to 11
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What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Charitable Pennies

Age 7 to 14
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Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.

Digit Addition

Age 5 to 11
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Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?

Repeaters

Age 11 to 14
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Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Odd Squares

Age 7 to 11
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Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Number Tracks

Age 7 to 11
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Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

Three Dice

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Number Differences

Age 7 to 11
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Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Strike it Out for Two

Age 5 to 11
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Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Rope Mat

Age 7 to 11
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How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

Cunning Card Trick

Age 11 to 14
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Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Got it for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Strike it Out

Age 5 to 11
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Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.