Have You Got It?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Is There a Theorem?

Draw a square. A second square of the same size slides around the first always maintaining contact and keeping the same orientation. How far does the dot travel?

Card Trick 2

Can you explain how this card trick works?

Squarely in the Middle

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The diagram shows that $1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 5 + 3 + 1 = 3^2 + 4^2$.

What is $1 + 3 + 5 + \dots + 1999 + 2001 + 1999 + \dots + 5 + 3 + 1$?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.