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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
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?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
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?
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
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?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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. . . .
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
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?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!