# Resources tagged with: Generalising

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Broad Topics > Thinking Mathematically > Generalising ### Consecutive Negative Numbers

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers? ### Cunning Card Trick

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works? ### Maths Trails

##### Age 7 to 14

The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails. ### One, Three, Five, Seven

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses. ### Multiplication Arithmagons

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons? ### Pentanim

##### Age 7 to 16Challenge Level

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. ### Have You Got It?

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target? ### Winning Lines

##### Age 7 to 16

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games. ### Got it for Two

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win? ### Nim-7 for Two

##### Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter? ### Games Related to Nim

##### Age 5 to 16

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning. ### Window Frames

##### Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows. ### Regular Hexagon Loops

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Make some loops out of regular hexagons. What rules can you discover? ### Multiplication Square

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice? ### Arithmagons

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges? ### Card Trick 2

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Can you explain how this card trick works? ### Summing Consecutive Numbers

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers? ### Loopy

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Investigate sequences given by $a_n = \frac{1+a_{n-1}}{a_{n-2}}$ for different choices of the first two terms. Make a conjecture about the behaviour of these sequences. Can you prove your conjecture? ##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed? ### Nim-like Games

##### Age 7 to 16Challenge Level

A collection of games on the NIM theme ### Where Can We Visit?

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think? ### Repeaters

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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. ### Mini-max

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . . ##### Age 11 to 16

Dave Hewitt suggests that there might be more to mathematics than looking at numerical results, finding patterns and generalising. ### Nim

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The loser is the player who takes the last counter. ### Make 37

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37. ### Got It

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target. ### Jam

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

A game for 2 players ### Number Pyramids

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change? ### 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. ### Converging Means

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Take any two positive numbers. Calculate the arithmetic and geometric means. Repeat the calculations to generate a sequence of arithmetic means and geometric means. Make a note of what happens to the. . . . ### Hypotenuse Lattice Points

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

The triangle OMN has vertices on the axes with whole number co-ordinates. How many points with whole number coordinates are there on the hypotenuse MN? ### Janine's Conjecture

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Janine noticed, while studying some cube numbers, that if you take three consecutive whole numbers and multiply them together and then add the middle number of the three, you get the middle number. . . . ### Chocolate Maths

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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. . . . ### Keep it Simple

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions? ### Steps to the Podium

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns! ### One O Five

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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. . . . ### Handshakes

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met? ### Squares in Rectangles

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all? ### Egyptian Fractions

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. Here is a chance to explore how they could have written different fractions. ### Magic Letters

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws? ### Sliding Puzzle

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves. ### Nim-7

##### Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second? ### Jam

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar. ### Charitable Pennies

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser. ### Counting Factors

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has? ### Picturing Triangular Numbers

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers? ### Steel Cables

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level

Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions? ### Frogs

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method? ### Special Sums and Products

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.