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Broad Topics > Thinking Mathematically > Generalising

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?

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.

Have You Got It?

Age 11 to 14
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Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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. . . .

Hypotenuse Lattice Points

Age 14 to 16
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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?

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. . . .

Cunning Card Trick

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

Pentanim

Age 7 to 16
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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.

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

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

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 16
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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.

Window Frames

Age 5 to 14
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This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.

Great Granddad

Age 11 to 14
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Great Granddad is very proud of his telegram from the Queen congratulating him on his hundredth birthday and he has friends who are even older than he is... When was he born?

Consecutive Negative Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Got It

Age 7 to 14
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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.

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.

Three Times Seven

Age 11 to 14
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A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

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.

Counting Factors

Age 11 to 14
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Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

Nim-7 for Two

Age 5 to 14
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Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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?

Adding in Rows

Age 11 to 14
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List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

Mini-max

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

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?

Arithmagons

Age 11 to 16
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Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?

Where Can We Visit?

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Card Trick 2

Age 11 to 14
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Can you explain how this card trick works?

Number Pyramids

Age 11 to 14
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Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

Nim

Age 14 to 16
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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.

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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A game for 2 players

Take Three from Five

Age 11 to 16
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Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Nim-like Games

Age 7 to 16
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A collection of games on the NIM theme

Summing Consecutive Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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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?

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?

Elevenses

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Sliding Puzzle

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Keep it Simple

Age 11 to 14
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Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

Train Spotters' Paradise

Age 11 to 16

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

Nim-7

Age 5 to 14
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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

More Magic Potting Sheds

Age 11 to 16
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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?

Egyptian Fractions

Age 11 to 14
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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.

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.

Plus Minus

Age 14 to 16
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Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

Multiplication Arithmagons

Age 14 to 16
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Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?

Special Sums and Products

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Magic Letters

Age 11 to 14
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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Squares in Rectangles

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Tourism

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Picturing Triangular Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?