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Ball Bearings

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.

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Chocolate 2010

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

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Sweeping Satellite

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.

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Calculus Countdown

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you hit the target functions using a set of input functions and a little calculus and algebra?

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Mechanical Integration

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

To find the integral of a polynomial, evaluate it at some special points and add multiples of these values.

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Garfield's Proof

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Rotate a copy of the trapezium about the centre of the longest side of the blue triangle to make a square. Find the area of the square and then derive a formula for the area of the trapezium.

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Sitting Pretty

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?

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Matchless

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ?

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Really Mr. Bond

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

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Orbiting Billiard Balls

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?

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Back to Basics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Find b where 3723(base 10) = 123(base b).

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Consecutive Squares

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The squares of any 8 consecutive numbers can be arranged into two sets of four numbers with the same sum. True of false?

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The Medieval Octagon

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Medieval stonemasons used a method to construct octagons using ruler and compasses... Is the octagon regular? Proof please.

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Always Two

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Find all the triples of numbers a, b, c such that each one of them plus the product of the other two is always 2.

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Telescoping Functions

Stage: 5

Take a complicated fraction with the product of five quartics top and bottom and reduce this to a whole number. This is a numerical example involving some clever algebra.

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Algebra from Geometry

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Account of an investigation which starts from the area of an annulus and leads to the formula for the difference of two squares.

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Algebra Match

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

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Graphic Biology

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Several graphs of the sort occurring commonly in biology are given. How many processes can you map to each graph?

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Simplifying Doughnut

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

An algebra task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

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Robert's Spreadsheet

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Robert noticed some interesting patterns when he highlighted square numbers in a spreadsheet. Can you prove that the patterns will continue?

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Interpolating Polynomials

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Given a set of points (x,y) with distinct x values, find a polynomial that goes through all of them, then prove some results about the existence and uniqueness of these polynomials.

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Operating Machines

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

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Magic Sums and Products

Stage: 3 and 4

How to build your own magic squares.

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Complex Partial Fractions

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

To break down an algebraic fraction into partial fractions in which all the denominators are linear and all the numerators are constants you simetimes need complex numbers.

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Sums of Pairs

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are the three numbers Jo had to start with?”

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Triangles Within Squares

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you find a rule which relates triangular numbers to square numbers?

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Unusual Long Division - Square Roots Before Calculators

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

However did we manage before calculators? Is there an efficient way to do a square root if you have to do the work yourself?

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Pair Products

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

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There and Back

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Brian swims at twice the speed that a river is flowing, downstream from one moored boat to another and back again, taking 12 minutes altogether. How long would it have taken him in still water?

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Lap Times

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Two cyclists, practising on a track, pass each other at the starting line and go at constant speeds... Can you find lap times that are such that the cyclists will meet exactly half way round the. . . .

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Nicely Similar

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If the hypotenuse (base) length is 100cm and if an extra line splits the base into 36cm and 64cm parts, what were the side lengths for the original right-angled triangle?

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Sums of Squares

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Prove that 3 times the sum of 3 squares is the sum of 4 squares. Rather easier, can you prove that twice the sum of two squares always gives the sum of two squares?

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Janine's Conjecture

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Janine noticed, while studying some cube numbers, that if you take three consecutive whole numbers and multiply them together and then add the middle number of the three, you get the middle number. . . .

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System Speak

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Solve the system of equations: ab = 1 bc = 2 cd = 3 de = 4 ea = 6

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Absurdity Again

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What is the value of the integers a and b where sqrt(8-4sqrt3) = sqrt a - sqrt b?

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' Tis Whole

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take a few whole numbers away from a triangle number. If you know the mean of the remaining numbers can you find the triangle number and which numbers were removed?

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Quadratic Harmony

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find all positive integers a and b for which the two equations: x^2-ax+b = 0 and x^2-bx+a = 0 both have positive integer solutions.

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Incircles

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The incircles of 3, 4, 5 and of 5, 12, 13 right angled triangles have radii 1 and 2 units respectively. What about triangles with an inradius of 3, 4 or 5 or ...?

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Dating Made Easier

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value?

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Poly Fibs

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A sequence of polynomials starts 0, 1 and each poly is given by combining the two polys in the sequence just before it. Investigate and prove results about the roots of the polys.

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Polynomial Relations

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Given any two polynomials in a single variable it is always possible to eliminate the variable and obtain a formula showing the relationship between the two polynomials. Try this one.

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Fibonacci Factors

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

For which values of n is the Fibonacci number fn even? Which Fibonnaci numbers are divisible by 3?

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More Polynomial Equations

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Find relationships between the polynomials a, b and c which are polynomials in n giving the sums of the first n natural numbers, squares and cubes respectively.

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Root to Poly

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find the polynomial p(x) with integer coefficients such that one solution of the equation p(x)=0 is $1+\sqrt 2+\sqrt 3$.

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Reciprocals

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Prove that the product of the sum of n positive numbers with the sum of their reciprocals is not less than n^2.

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Diverging

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Show that for natural numbers x and y if x/y > 1 then x/y>(x+1)/(y+1}>1. Hence prove that the product for i=1 to n of [(2i)/(2i-1)] tends to infinity as n tends to infinity.

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Cosines Rule

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Three points A, B and C lie in this order on a line, and P is any point in the plane. Use the Cosine Rule to prove the following statement.

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Particularly General

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.

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DOTS Division

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

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Pair Squares

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The sum of any two of the numbers 2, 34 and 47 is a perfect square. Choose three square numbers and find sets of three integers with this property. Generalise to four integers.