An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
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?
The diagram show four circles each of which touches the largest square and two adjacent circles. A second square has its vertices at the midpoints of the sides of the largest square and the central square has its vertices at the centres of the circles.
What is the ratio of the total shaded area to the area of the outer square?
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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.