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Napier's Location Arithmetic

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Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

Rationals Between

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What fractions can you find between the square roots of 56 and 58?

Smith and Jones

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Mr Smith and Mr Jones are two maths teachers. By asking questions, the answers to which may be right or wrong, Mr Jones is able to find the number of the house Mr Smith lives in... Or not!

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Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

Unusual Long Division - Square Roots Before Calculators

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

Lost in Space

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How many ways are there to count 1 - 2 - 3 in the array of triangular numbers? What happens with larger arrays? Can you predict for any size array?

Lastly - Well

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What are the last two digits of 2^(2^2003)?

Sept 03

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What is the last digit of the number 1 / 5^903 ?

Fit for Photocopying

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Photocopiers can reduce from A3 to A4 without distorting the image. Explore the relationships between different paper sizes that make this possible.

Power Crazy

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What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

Equal Temperament

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The scale on a piano does something clever : the ratio (interval) between any adjacent points on the scale is equal. If you play any note, twelve points higher will be exactly an octave on.

Two Many

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What is the least square number which commences with six two's?

Deep Roots

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Find integer solutions to: $\sqrt{a+b\sqrt{x}} + \sqrt{c+d.\sqrt{x}}=1$

Like Powers

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Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n$ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.

Rachel's Problem

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Is it true that $99^n$ has 2n digits and $999^n$ has 3n digits? Investigate!

Diggits

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Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

Number Rules - OK

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Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

Magic Potting Sheds

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Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

Largest Number

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What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3 and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can only use each digit once.

Negative Power

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What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?

Power Countdown

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In this twist on the well-known Countdown numbers game, use your knowledge of Powers and Roots to make a target.

Perfectly Square

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The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?

Root to Poly

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

Sissa's Reward

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According to an old Indian myth, Sissa ben Dahir was a courtier for a king. The king decided to reward Sissa for his dedication and Sissa asked for one grain of rice to be put on the first square. . . .

More Magic Potting Sheds

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The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

Archimedes and Numerical Roots

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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?

Take a Square

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Cut off three right angled isosceles triangles to produce a pentagon. With two lines, cut the pentagon into three parts which can be rearranged into another square.

Consecutive Squares

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

The Root of the Problem

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Find the sum of the series.

Enriching Experience

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Find the five distinct digits N, R, I, C and H in the following nomogram

Guesswork

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Ask a friend to choose a number between 1 and 63. By identifying which of the six cards contains the number they are thinking of it is easy to tell them what the number is.