Farewell to Jenny Piggott - January 2011, Stage 3&4

In the summer of 2010, Jenny Piggott retired as NRICH Director and we held a farewell event for her. Colleagues and friends joined us to work together on problems they had suggested. This month we are featuring some tasks that were inspired by the day.

Problems

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Semi-regular Tessellations

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

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Troublesome Dice

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

When dice land edge-up, we usually roll again. But what if we didn't...?

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Perimeter Expressions

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Create some shapes by combining two or more rectangles. What can you say about the areas and perimeters of the shapes you can make?

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Odds and Evens

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?

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Which Solids Can We Make?

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

Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?

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Fit for Photocopying

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

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

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Difference Dynamics

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?