By inscribing a circle in a square and then a square in a circle
find an approximation to pi. By using a hexagon, can you improve on
Watch the video to see how to sum the sequence. Can you adapt the method to sum other sequences?
Start with two numbers. This is the start of a sequence. The next
number is the average of the last two numbers. Continue the
sequence. What will happen if you carry on for ever?
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
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.
The problem is how did Archimedes calculate the lengths of the sides of the polygons which needed him to be able to calculate square roots?
An article introducing continued fractions with some simple puzzles for the reader.