What's new

mathematical sciences posts

A Christmas packing puzzle Activity

by David, 24 December 2019 | 0 comments

Merry Christmas! Here’s our maths gift to you – a puzzle.

Continue reading A Christmas packing puzzle


Odd dice Brainteaser

by David, 11 December 2019 | 0 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Taxing I have a collection of strange dice.

Continue reading Odd dice


Afraid of the dark Brainteaser

by David, 27 November 2019 | 0 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Tricky Janet is afraid of the dark, especially dark caves and tunnels. Today Janet must catch the train into town. But there’s a problem. As soon as the train leaves the station, it goes into a tunnel.

Continue reading Afraid of the dark


Massive multiplication Brainteaser

by David, 13 November 2019 | 0 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Fun Sienna’s teacher is writing up a wicked problem on the board. First, the teacher writes all the numbers from 1 to 99. Then they erase 10, 20, and all the other numbers that end in 0. “Listen up!” the teacher announces. “I want you to multiply all the numbers on the board.

Continue reading Massive multiplication


Power pole problems Brainteaser

by David, 30 October 2019 | 0 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Fun Sergio is an electrician repairing a power line. There’s a stretch of eight, evenly spaced power poles he’s working on. The distance from the first to the fourth is 120 metres. What’s the distance from the first to the eighth pole?

Continue reading Power pole problems


Spin and flip brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 16 October 2019 | 2 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Tricky I’ve got a square piece of paper, with lines for writing on both sides. Right now, the lines are running up and down the page. To get the lines running left and right, I could rotate the page, but that’s too boring. Can I do it by flipping the page instead?   Scroll…

Continue reading Spin and flip brainteaser


Perimeter pickle Brainteaser

by David, 2 October 2019 | 0 comments

Brain icon

Difficulty: Tricky Imogen has had enough of her goats getting into her veggie patch. She’s bought wire and poles, but before she starts building, she must work out what shape fence she needs.

Continue reading Perimeter pickle


BBQ brainteaser Brainteaser

by Jasmine, 18 September 2019 | 2 comments

Brain icon

Written by Kerry Dent Difficulty: Tricky On the expedition’s small BBQ, only two potato cakes will fit at the same time.

Continue reading BBQ brainteaser


The difficult dial Brainteaser

by David, 4 September 2019 | 3 comments

Brain icon

While working on an old weaving machine, Aisha spied a dial that needed repairing. The dial had numbers counting upwards, evenly spaced around the outside. Although she couldn’t see the whole dial, she could see that the number 6 was directly opposite 17. Can you work out how many numbers there are on the dial?

Continue reading The difficult dial


Pademelon paddocks brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 21 August 2019 | 0 comments

Small marsupial with large back legs and tail for hopping.

Fred is a biologist doing an experiment with pademelons. They have a square paddock and four feeding bowls. They also have two laser detectors that each shoot a straight beam all the way across the paddock.

Continue reading Pademelon paddocks brainteaser