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Shape weighing brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 28 October 2020 | 0 comments

Four scales in a row, weighing 3,5,8 & ?

By Rok Willesee Difficulty: Tricky A scientist was looking back at notes they made about their experiments. Unfortunately, in one experiment the scales didn’t work. Can you help them work out what the weight should be in the final experiment?

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Unchecker the board Activity

by David, 22 October 2020 | 0 comments

Someone is sliding a black counter on a grid

Here’s a quick sliding puzzle to get your brain pumping. See if you can separate the light and dark counters in as few moves as possible!

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Two eggs brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 14 October 2020 | 3 comments

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Difficulty: Taxing Jenny found a strange sum written on a piece of paper: EGG + EGG = PAGE Each letter represents a different digit, so P might be 1, for example. Can you work out what the sum really is?

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Dragon curves Activity

by David, 1 October 2020 | 0 comments

Strip of paper folded at regular intervals making a pattern

In this sample from More Hands-on Science, we’re looking at infinitely detailed shapes known as fractals. If you do this activity, you can discover a fractal called the dragon curve!

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Mathematical cloning brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 30 September 2020 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Taxing Grab a calculator (or a pen and paper) Choose a three-digit number (e.g. 123) Multiply it by 7 Multiply the answer by 11 Multiply that answer by 13 You will get your starting number written out twice! (e.g. 123 123) The question is, can you work out why?

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How did Ancient Minoans write fractions? News

by David, 17 September 2020 | 0 comments

Clay tablet with scratched marks on it.

Around 3500 years ago, the Minoan people lived on the island of Crete. They had a written language, now known as Linear A, which archaeologists cannot decipher. They also had an advanced number system, which experts are finally beginning to crack!

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A magic triangle brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 16 September 2020 | 1 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky We’re going to make a magic triangle! Take the numbers 1–6 and arrange them in a triangle with three numbers on each side. Swap them around until the sides all add up to the same number.

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Microscope: What is the number before infinity? News

by David, 27 August 2020 | 1 comments

Infinity symbol lit in gold and blue light.

By Mike McRae Double Helix magazine is looking for your questions! Our Microscope column answers the most intriguing science, tech, engineering and maths queries you can throw at us.

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A past puzzle Brainteaser

by David, 26 August 2020 | 1 comments

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Difficulty: Taxing Here’s a beautiful artwork from 1895, titled Mental calculation. In public school of S. A. Rachinsky, painted by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky. Can you solve the puzzle the kids are pondering? If you can’t quite see the equation, here it is:

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Geodesic rings Activity

by David, 20 August 2020 | 0 comments

A child's hand ontop of a larger hand, both hands are wearing colourful rings

Craft yourself a mathematical ring to learn about straight lines on donuts. Don’t laugh, they do exist!

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