Coordinates - February 2005, All Stages

Problems

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Late Again

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?

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Making Shapes

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?

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Arrangements

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

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Fred the Class Robot

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

Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?

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Cartesian Isometric

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

The graph below is an oblique coordinate system based on 60 degree angles. It was drawn on isometric paper. What kinds of triangles do these points form?

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Ten Hidden Squares

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

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Eight Hidden Squares

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

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

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Isosceles Triangles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

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Lost

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.

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Square Coordinates

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

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Lost on Alpha Prime

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

On the 3D grid a strange (and deadly) animal is lurking. Using the tracking system can you locate this creature as quickly as possible?

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Tracking Points

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

Can you give the coordinates of the vertices of the fifth point in the patterm on this 3D grid?

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Something in Common

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

A square of area 3 square units cannot be drawn on a 2D grid so that each of its vertices have integer coordinates, but can it be drawn on a 3D grid? Investigate squares that can be drawn.

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Exponential Trend

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Find all the turning points of y=x^{1/x} for x>0 and decide whether each is a maximum or minimum. Give a sketch of the graph.

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Pitchfork

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

Plot the graph of x^y = y^x in the first quadrant and explain its properties.

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Polar Flower

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

This polar equation is a quadratic. Plot the graph given by each factor to draw the flower.