Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
Take any whole number between 1 and 999, add the squares of the
digits to get a new number. Make some conjectures about what
happens in general.
Grannie's watch gains 30 minutes every hour, whilst Grandpa's watch loses 30 minutes every hour. At midnight, they both set their watches to the correct time of 12 o-clock. What is the correct time when their two watches next agree?
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