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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.

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.

Nim-like Games

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A collection of games on the NIM theme

Jam

Stage: 4 Challenge Level:

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

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?

Mystic Rose

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Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.

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.

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.

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A counter is placed in the bottom right hand corner of a grid. You toss a coin and move the star according to the following rules: ... What is the probability that you end up in the top left-hand. . . .

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.

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?

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?

Winning Lines

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

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

Maximum Scattering

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Your data is a set of positive numbers. What is the maximum value that the standard deviation can take?

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.

Attractive Tablecloths

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Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

Cyclic Triangles

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Make and prove a conjecture about the cyclic quadrilateral inscribed in a circle of radius r that has the maximum perimeter and the maximum area.

Polycircles

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Show that for any triangle it is always possible to construct 3 touching circles with centres at the vertices. Is it possible to construct touching circles centred at the vertices of any polygon?

Multiplication Arithmagons

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Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges of these multiplication arithmagons?

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.

Partly Painted Cube

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Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

Building Gnomons

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

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.

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?

Interpolating Polynomials

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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.

Squaring the Circle and Circling the Square

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If you continue the pattern, can you predict what each of the following areas will be? Try to explain your prediction.

AMGM

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

Arithmagons

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

Why Stop at Three by One

Stage: 5

Beautiful mathematics. Two 18 year old students gave eight different proofs of one result then generalised it from the 3 by 1 case to the n by 1 case and proved the general result.

Fibonacci Factors

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

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?

Integral Sandwich

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Generalise this inequality involving integrals.

Multiplication Square

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

Harmonic Triangle

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Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

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?”

Generally Geometric

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Generalise the sum of a GP by using derivatives to make the coefficients into powers of the natural numbers.

Pair Products

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

Take Three from Five

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Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Irrational Arithmagons

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Can you work out the irrational numbers that belong in the circles to make the multiplication arithmagon correct?

Generating Triples

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Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?

Plus Minus

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Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

Fractional Calculus I

Stage: 5

You can differentiate and integrate n times but what if n is not a whole number? This generalisation of calculus was introduced and discussed on askNRICH by some school students.

Fractional Calculus III

Stage: 5

Fractional calculus is a generalisation of ordinary calculus where you can differentiate n times when n is not a whole number.

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. . . .

Chord

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Equal touching circles have centres on a line. From a point of this line on a circle, a tangent is drawn to the farthest circle. Find the lengths of chords where the line cuts the other circles.

Absurdity Again

Stage: 5 Challenge Level:

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

Magic Squares II

Stage: 4 and 5

An article which gives an account of some properties of magic squares.

Gnomon Dimensions

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These gnomons appear to have more than a passing connection with the Fibonacci sequence. This problem ask you to investigate some of these connections.