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Magic Letters

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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Happy Numbers

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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.

Converging Means

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Take any two positive numbers. Calculate the arithmetic and geometric means. Repeat the calculations to generate a sequence of arithmetic means and geometric means. Make a note of what happens to the. . . .

AMGM

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Choose any two numbers. Call them a and b. Work out the arithmetic mean and the geometric mean. Which is bigger? Repeat for other pairs of numbers. What do you notice?

Lower Bound

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What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 =

Games Related to Nim

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

Picturing Square Numbers

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Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

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List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

Special Sums and Products

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Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Make 37

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Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

AP Rectangles

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An AP rectangle is one whose area is numerically equal to its perimeter. If you are given the length of a side can you always find an AP rectangle with one side the given length?

Loopy

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Investigate sequences given by $a_n = \frac{1+a_{n-1}}{a_{n-2}}$ for different choices of the first two terms. Make a conjecture about the behaviour of these sequences. Can you prove your conjecture?

Repeaters

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Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Hypotenuse Lattice Points

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The triangle OMN has vertices on the axes with whole number co-ordinates. How many points with whole number coordinates are there on the hypotenuse MN?

Go Forth and Generalise

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Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

Odd Differences

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The diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two squares.

One, Three, Five, Seven

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A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

Jam

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A game for 2 players

Sliding Puzzle

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The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

Elevenses

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How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

Consecutive Negative Numbers

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Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

What Numbers Can We Make?

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Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

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?

What Numbers Can We Make Now?

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Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Route to Infinity

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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

Multiplication Square

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

More Number Pyramids

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When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Got It

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A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Pentanim

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A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

Nim

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Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The loser is the player who takes the last counter.

Nim-interactive

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Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

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Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?

Nim-like Games

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A collection of games on the NIM theme

Winning Lines

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An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Three Times Seven

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A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

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Great Granddad is very proud of his telegram from the Queen congratulating him on his hundredth birthday and he has friends who are even older than he is... When was he born?

One O Five

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You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

Intersecting Circles

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Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other. What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles could have?

GOT IT Now

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For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

A Tilted Square

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The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

Squares in Rectangles

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A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

Reverse to Order

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Take any two digit number, for example 58. What do you have to do to reverse the order of the digits? Can you find a rule for reversing the order of digits for any two digit number?

Building Gnomons

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Build gnomons that are related to the Fibonacci sequence and try to explain why this is possible.

Jam

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To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

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Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

Pinned Squares

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The diagram shows a 5 by 5 geoboard with 25 pins set out in a square array. Squares are made by stretching rubber bands round specific pins. What is the total number of squares that can be made on a. . . .

Arithmagons

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Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?

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

Litov's Mean Value Theorem

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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?

More Twisting and Turning

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It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...