A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
I have forgotten the number of the combination of the lock on my
briefcase. I did have a method for remembering it...
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes
there would be if hundreds of people met?
Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the
sum of consecutive numbers.
Sam displays cans in 3 triangular stacks. With the same number he
could make one large triangular stack or stack them all in a square
based pyramid. How many cans are there how were they arranged?
Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of
squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle
Here is a collection of puzzles about Sam's shop sent in by club
members. Perhaps you can make up more puzzles, find formulas or
find general methods.
Prove that if n is a triangular number then 8n+1 is a square number. Prove, conversely, that if 8n+1 is a square number then n is a triangular number.
Take ten sticks in heaps any way you like. Make a new heap using
one from each of the heaps. By repeating that process could the
arrangement 7 - 1 - 1 - 1 ever turn up, except by starting with it?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Take a look at the multiplication square. The first eleven triangle
numbers have been identified. Can you see a pattern? Does the
Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?