Algebra - January 2004, Stage 4&5

Problems

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Chocolate 2010

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

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Always Perfect

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

Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.

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Fibonacci Factors

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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More Beads

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

With red and blue beads on a circular wire; 'put a red bead between any two of the same colour and a blue between different colours then remove the original beads'. Keep repeating this. What happens?

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Poly Fibs

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

A sequence of polynomials starts 0, 1 and each poly is given by combining the two polys in the sequence just before it. Investigate and prove results about the roots of the polys.