Problem Pictures is about bringing mathematics to life with photographs. Striking photographs are combined with original questions and problems to challenge students at all levels.

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The original Problem Pictures resource has 184 colour photographs with activities for mathematics teaching. Each photograph comes with a question or activity. For each there is a page giving hints, solutions and further information. Initially all the photographs can be viewed as a video montage with a music soundtrack. Themes covered by the pictures include symmetry, ratio, number patterns, spirals, games, packaging, mazes and sundials. Originally released on CD-ROM and now available as a digital download. Suitable for Windows PCs, Macs or any computer with a web browser.

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The three Problem Pictures resources can now be purchased as digital downloads. They are no longer available on CD-ROM.

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Problem Pictures Themes has more than 300 colour photographs. Themes covered include Chocolate, Games & Puzzles, Mazes, Perspective, Time, and Wheels, as well as a large Medley section covering many other topics. U-Shaped Curves, Straight Lines & Gradients and Waves & Other Curves are three sections that can be used to model photographs with graphs. Like the original Problem Pictures, this resource contains a varied collection of attractive and unusual images which are starting points for mathematical activities. The materials are viewed in a web browser making it easy to copy and paste to other applications. Includes hints and solutions.

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The Problem Pictures Numbers resource continues the tradition of bringing mathematics to life with photographs. The first part of the resource has more than two hundred eye-catching photographs, each with questions and activities to challenge students of all ages and abilities. There are pictures of pedal bins, liquorice allsorts, patchwork quilts and road signs. Weird architecture and historic instruments also appear in the mixture. The second part is on the theme of numbers. There is a page for each whole number from zero up to 220. Photographs show patterns based on particular numbers as well as diverse images of the numbers themselves. The accompanying text is adapted from the book Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction, juxtaposing mathematical ideas with facts and anecdotes about numbers in the real world.

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