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Inside Outside

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Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside.

Balance Point

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Attach weights of 1, 2, 4, and 8 units to the four attachment points on the bar. Move the bar from side to side until you find a balance point. Is it possible to predict that position?

Magic Sums and Products

Stage: 3 and 4

How to build your own magic squares.

' Tis Whole

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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?

Perfectly Square

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

Sums of Pairs

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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?”

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...

Lens Angle

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

Find the missing angle between the two secants to the circle when the two angles at the centre subtended by the arcs created by the intersections of the secants and the circle are 50 and 120 degrees.

Enriching Experience

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

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?

Back to Basics

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

Multiplication Square

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Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?

Reasonable Algebra

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Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the sum of consecutive numbers.

Unit Interval

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?

AMGM

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Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality?

Mediant

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If you take two tests and get a marks out of a maximum b in the first and c marks out of d in the second, does the mediant (a+c)/(b+d)lie between the results for the two tests separately.

Pythagoras Proofs

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Can you make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

Terminology

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Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?

Leonardo's Problem

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A, B & C own a half, a third and a sixth of a coin collection. Each grab some coins, return some, then share equally what they had put back, finishing with their own share. How rich are they?

Fibs

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The well known Fibonacci sequence is 1 ,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21.... How many Fibonacci sequences can you find containing the number 196 as one of the terms?

Janine's Conjecture

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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. . . .

Hand Swap

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My train left London between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and arrived in Paris between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. At the start and end of the journey the hands on my watch were in exactly the same positions but the. . . .

One and Three

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Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

The Pillar of Chios

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Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .

Always a Multiple?

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Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

How Many Miles to Go?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

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A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

Boxed In

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A box has faces with areas 3, 12 and 25 square centimetres. What is the volume of the box?

Crossed Ends

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Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

How Big?

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If the sides of the triangle in the diagram are 3, 4 and 5, what is the area of the shaded square?

Three Four Five

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Two semi-circles (each of radius 1/2) touch each other, and a semi-circle of radius 1 touches both of them. Find the radius of the circle which touches all three semi-circles.

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Think of a number... follow the machine's instructions. I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

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Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?

Snookered

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In a snooker game the brown ball was on the lip of the pocket but it could not be hit directly as the black ball was in the way. How could it be potted by playing the white ball off a cushion?

Cubes Within Cubes Revisited

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Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

Days and Dates

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Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

Interactive Number Patterns

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How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?

Around and Back

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A cyclist and a runner start off simultaneously around a race track each going at a constant speed. The cyclist goes all the way around and then catches up with the runner. He then instantly turns. . . .

Pair Products

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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

Plum Tree

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!

Hallway Borders

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A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.

Gutter

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Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?

Good Work If You Can Get It

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A job needs three men but in fact six people do it. When it is finished they are all paid the same. How much was paid in total, and much does each man get if the money is shared as Fred suggests?

Semi-square

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What is the ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?

Partitioning Revisited

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We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

Square Pizza

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Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

Steel Cables

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Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

Seven Up

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The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

Even So

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Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

What's Possible?

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Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?