### Consecutive Numbers

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

### Golden Thoughts

Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.

A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?

# Alien Currency

##### Stage: 3 and 4 Short Challenge Level:

Let the value of a green note and the value of a blue note be $g$ zogs and $b$ zogs respectively. Then $3g + 8b = 46$ and $8g + 3b = 31$. Adding these two equations gives $11g + 11b = 77$, so $b + g = 7$.

Therefore $3g + 3b = 21$. Subtracting this equation from the original equations in turn gives $5b = 25$ and $5g = 10$ respectively. So $b = 5$, $g = 2$ and $2g + 3b = 19$.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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