Know your rhombus from your rectangle? Your decimals from your decagons? Then you’ve landed in exactly the right place; our epic guide to mathematics trivia, with 100 of the most challenging (and sometimes chuckle-inducing) maths quiz questions and answers.
So gather around your binomial-loving boffins, and get your friends, family and even colleagues together for ten rounds of cool calculus, awesome arithmetic and all-round maths-inspired fun!
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Easy Maths Quiz Questions and Answers
Now generally maths is all about a challenge, a formula for success that is usually a little tricky to solve. But, to kick off your quiz night, let’s start with some simple maths questions, to get the trivia class in session!
1. What is the total of all the internal angles of a triangle?
2. What name is given to a triangle which has two sides of exactly the same length?
3. You have ten grey socks and ten blue socks you want to put into pairs. All socks are exactly the same except for their colour. If you are in the dark and so can’t see, how many socks would you need to take out to ensure you have at least a pair?
4. What does 6 to the power 0 equal?
5. What is the name given to an angle that measures less than 90 degree?
6. True or false? A concave shape curves outwards.
7. What is the name given to a straight line touching a circle?
8. What name is given to the following sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55…?
9. What is the next number in the series; 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, …?
10. What is the highest common factor of 30 and 132?
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Easy Maths Quiz Answers
- A tangent
- The Fibonacci sequence
- 36 (squares of numbers)
Did you know? The Fibonacci sequence appears regularly appears in nature, such as branching in trees, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the fruitlets of a pineapple, the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and arrangement of a pinecone, and the family tree of honeybees. How awesome is that!!
More Difficult Maths Quiz Questions and Answers
How did you (and your participants) do in that first round? Easy peasy? Well, let’s change the pace in this second round, with ten more difficult math quiz head-scratchers:
1. What is the value of Pi to four decimal places?
2. How many vertices are there on a cube?
3. What is the prime number closest to 100?
4. What is the sum of the internal angles of a hexagon?
5. Which number is represented in binary as 100?
6. What was the year 1982 as a Roman Numeral?
7. What is the value of e?
8. If one angle is 60°, what is the size of its alternate angle?
9. What is the next number in the series; 256, 289, 324, 361,…?
10. What is the number zero in Roman numerals?
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More Difficult Maths Quiz Answers
- Approximately 2.718
- 400 (squares of numbers from 16 onwards)
- There isn’t one.
Useless fact! The billionth digit of Pi is 9.
Fun and Challenging Maths Quiz Questions and Answers
Now beyond angles and addition are interesting maths problems; those that you’re as likely to find in high school textbooks as in this epic quiz. So, let’s get those thinking caps on, with some fun (albeit more complicated) challenging questions!
1. Three people all tell lies one third of the time. There is a coin flip that they all see, and all say is ‘heads’. What’s the probability it is actually ‘heads’?
2. A man is four times as old as his son. In ten years, the man will be three times as old as his son. What is the man’s current age?
3. Using only addition, how do you add eight 8s to get the number 1000?
4. With which three digit number is the second digit four times as large as the third and the first digit three less than the second?
5. The three volumes of Lord of the Rings sit in order on a shelf. Each is 1 1/4 inches thick, with an inch of pages and 1/8 inch for each cover. A bookworm munches from page 1 of the first volume through to the last page of the third volume. How far does it travel?
6. Which 3 numbers have the same answer whether they’re added or multiplied together?
7. At a party everyone shook hands with everyone else. In total, there were 66 handshakes. How many people were at the party?
8. What are the only regular polygons that tessellate?
9. There are two ways of obtaining the number 100 using 4 sevens and a single one (and whatever mathematical symbol you want. One is 177-77 = 100. What is the other? (And no -77+177 doesn’t count).
10. A hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half. How many eggs does one hen lay in a single day?
Fun and Challenging Maths Quiz Answers
- 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000
- 1 1/2 inches (page one of the first book is on the right, next to the middle book)
- 1, 2 and 3
- Triangles, squares, and hexagons.
- (7+7) x (7 + (1/7)) = 100
- 2/3 of an egg
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Funny Maths Quiz Questions
Now here is a round for the kids (or the big kids at heart). Not out of place in a ‘dad joke’, we’ve pulled together ten math quiz questions that are of the more humorous bent…
1. Why was six scared of seven?
2. An English catamaran, named ‘one two three’, raced a French catamaran, named ‘Un deux trois’ across the channel. Which won?
3. Why did the (x²+2) tree fall over?
4. What does the little mermaid wear on her top?
5. What did zero say to eight?
6. Why do mathematicians not need to sunbathe?
7. Why do mathematicians always get a cab home from a party?
8. What do you call a teapot of boiling water at the summit of Mount Everest?
9. What is a math teacher’s favourite kind of tree?
10. Why did the mathematician spill all of his food in the oven?
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Funny Maths Quiz Answers
- Because seven ate nine
- The English boat, because ‘Un deux trois’ cat sank.
- Because it had no real root
- An alge-bra
- Nice belt
- Because they can divide sine and cosine to get tan
- Because you can’t drink and derive
- A high-pot-in-use
- A geometry
- The instructions said, ‘Put it in the oven at 180’.
Bonus Maths Joke!! Jesus was delivering a sermon “The path to the Lord lies at y=x²−4x+2y=x2-4x+6”. A passer-by leans whispers to a disciple “What is he talking about?” The disciple answers “don’t worry, it’s just one of his parabolas”.
Mental Arithmetic Quiz Questions and Answers
Are you a master of multiplication? Can you do strenuous sums in your head? You’ll feel right at home in this round, the halfway point in this quiz about maths, which is all about doing the numbers. By the way, if you like, you can let your contestants use a calculator; if it provides any luck at all that is!
1. What is the volume of a cube that has sides of 7cm?
2. What is the next number in the series: 4, 15, 48, 147, …?
3. What is 13²?
4. What is the thirteenth prime number?
5. What is the only number that is twice the sum of its digits?
6. How many hours are there in a year (to the nearest hour)?
7. As Alice in Wonderland found out, in a room of how many people is the probability that two have the same birthday more than a half?
8. What is one twelfth as a decimal?
9. How many squares are there on a chess board?
10. Pallindromically, what is 111111111 x 111111111?
Mental Arithmetic Quiz Answers
- 444. Multiply by three and add three.
- 204. 64 x (1×1), 49 x (2×2), 36 x (3×3), 25 x (4×4), 16 x (5×5), 9 x (6×6), 4 x (7×7), 1 x (8×8)
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Formula based Maths Quiz Questions
It’s a quiz of two halves and, for this second stint, it’s time to have some fun with formulas! Tickle your contestants’ trigonometry knowledge (and more), with these ten mathematical quiz questions all related to formulas:
1. What is the formula for a circumference of a circle?
2. What is the area of a triangle?
3. Pythagoras’ theorem gives a formula for the length of the hypotenuse of a (right angled) triangle based on the lengths of the other sides? The length of the hypotenuse = …..what?
4. What is the surface area of a sphere?
5. In the quadratic formula, x=… what?
6. What is the formula for the volume of a cone (or pyramid)?
7. In Newton’s second law of motion, Force equals what?
8. What is the formula for the volume of a sphere?
9. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, what does c equal?
10. What is the volume of a cylinder?
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Formula based Maths Quiz Answers
- 2πr (r is the radius)
- (base x height)/2
- x = (−b ± √(b2 − 4ac)}/ 2a
- v = 1/3(b x h)
- F = ma. Force = mass x acceleration.
- v = 4/3 (πr³)
- c = √(E/m). [E=mc²]
- v = πr²h
Maths in Film Quiz Questions and Answers
Now the title of this round might be a bit misleading – this ain’t Good Will Hunting or A Beautiful Mind. Instead, for each of the following ten maths questions, we’re looking to create a maths pun in the film title.
So, for instance, ‘’Five high school friends spend more time trying to lose their virginity than think about the approximation 22/7′ would be American Pi. Get it? Like American Pie, but with a punny maths twist. Go on, give it a try…
1. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams feature in a female high school drama which is bang average.
2. Often regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, this movie follows Joe Gillis as he struggles with his screen writing and trigonometry, ultimately ending with his death.
3. ‘Well, nobody’s [a] perfect [number]’
4. Indiana Jones in a thrilling adventure about the geometry of a circle.
5. Rapunzel’s hair takes on the shape of a quadrilateral.
6. Dev Patel wins a lot of money and then spends his time adding and subtracting it.
7. Richard Gere is a young man with a bad attitude who signs up for Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School and it seems the story goes on a tangent when he meets a girl in a local town.
8. Glen Close minus Michael Douglas is a rather obsessed woman in this 1987 thriller.
9. A 1989 Best Film Oscar winner where Jessica Tandy crashing her car leads to a relationship with her chauffer Morgan Freeman, where she discovers things from her existing knowledge.
10. A 2002 Arnie film, where he seeks to avenge his son’s and wife’s deaths within a two-dimensional shape with four straight sides.
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Maths in Film Quiz Answers
- Mean Girls
- Sine-set Boulevard
- Sum Like it Hot
- Radius of the lost Arc
- S(l)umdog Millionaire
- An Officer and a Tangent-leman
- Fatal Subtraction
- Deriving Miss Daisy
- Quadrilateral Damage
What’s the Maths Term Quiz Questions and Answers
In keeping with the film round, let’s keep it a little obscure. In this round, we’ll give you what looks like a few bog standard questions, with the answers to the questions including a mathematical term.
1. What is the French for ‘fish’?
2. What links Yahoo! (costing $400 million in the .com edition), Mario (Nintendo edition), and the Imperial Palace (Star Wars edition)?
3. What is the fifth book in the Harry Potter Series?
4. What Freudian term means unconsciously attributing things to do with yourself onto others?
5. What links Alex Murphy, Verbal Kint and Bruce Banner?
6. In what film does Lindsay Lohan embark upon her first day of High School aged 16 after living for twelve years in Africa?
7. What is the last word of first line of the song Hallelujah, ‘I’ve heard there was a secret….’?
8. What is twice the ABV?
9. Prosopagnosia is a socially impacting neurological condition that means a person can’t recognise someone’s what?
10. What is fed to babies who don’t breast feed?
What’s the Maths Term Quiz Answers
- [The most expensive] Property [in special Monopoly editions]
- [The] Order [of the Phoenix]
- Transformation (into Robocop, Keyser Söze, and The Hulk, respectively)
- Mean [Girls]
- [The] proof [of an alcoholic drink].
How to make 6 – Maths Quiz
You’ll definitely want to break out the pen and paper for this penultimate round of this marvellous mathematics quiz. Because, for each questions, we’re asking you to make six, but only using the following symbols: + – x / ! √, e.g. ( 1+1+1) = 3
1. 0 0 0 = 6
2. 1 1 1 = 6
3. 2 2 2 = 6
4. 3 3 3 = 6
5. 4 4 4 = 6
6. 5 5 5 = 6
7. 6 6 6 = 6
8. 7 7 7 = 6
9. 8 8 8 = 6
10. 9 9 9 = 6
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How to make 6 – Maths Quiz Answers
- (0! + 0! + 0!)!
- (1 + 1 + 1)!
- √4 + √4 + √4
- 5/5 + 5
- 8 – √(√(8 + 8))
- √(9×9) – √9
Silly Maths Quiz Questions and Answers
Now we think this maths quiz has been a doozy; if you’ve made it this far, well done! So, to reward you for nine rounds of numerical torment, we wanted to end it on a slightly silly high, with the final round of ten great and goofy maths quiz questions!
1. I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?
2. If 1=3, 2=3, 3=5, 4=4, and 5=4, then what does 6= ?
3. An anchored ship has a ladder that hangs over the side. The ladder is 200cm long, with a distance of 20cm between each rung, with the bottom rung touching the water. When the tide rises at a rate of 15 cm and hour, after how long will the water reach the fifth rung?
4. If three cats can catch three mice in tree minutes, how long will it take 100 cats to catch 100 mice?
5. If 9999 = 4, 8888 = 8, 1816 = 6, 1212 = 0, then 1919 =?
6. How many times does the digit 6 occur in the numbers from 1 to 100?
7. When do you add 5 to 9 to get 2?
8. What comes after a million, billion and trillion?
9. How many people is “two pairs of twins twice”?
10. What is the only number to have its letters in alphabetical order?
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Silly Maths Quiz Answers
- Seven (remove the ‘s’ and it becomes ‘even’).
- 3, as six has three letters.
- It won’t – the boat will rise and fall with the tide.
- 3 minutes
- 2. Look at the number of closed areas in each number.
- 20. It appears ten times as the last digit (6, 16, 26 … 96) and ten times as a first digit (60, 61, 62 … 69).
- On a clock – five hours after 9am is 2pm.
- A quadrillion
- 8 (a pair of twins is two people).
Interesting Fact: Four is the only number that has the same number of letters as the number it spells
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