Perfect Magic Square

Drag the numbers onto the grid so that the following groups of four numbers all have the same sum: each row, each column, each diagonal, the four corners, and each two by two square.

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3 by 3 Magic Square

Magic Square

If the four by four magic square is too big for you why not try this smaller, easier puzzle.

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Magic Square Puzzle

Magic Square Puzzle

Find all of the possible ways of making the magic total from the numbers in this four by four magic square.

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Hexagram Star

Hexagram Star

Arrange the twelve numbers on the hexagram so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

The short web address is:

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Octagram Star

Octagram Star

Arrange the sixteen numbers on the octagram so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

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This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician?

Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:

"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

Comment recorded on the 6 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Natalie, London:

"I am thankful for providing such wonderful starters. They are of immence help and the students enjoy them very much. These starters have saved my time and have made my lessons enjoyable."

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Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

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