Generic examples - April 2012, All Stages

Sometimes it is possible to state what is general by perceiving the structure in just one example. Vivid proofs of generalisations can be located in a particular, well-chosen example.

Problems

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Walking Round a Triangle

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This ladybird is taking a walk round a triangle. Can you see how much he has turned when he gets back to where he started?

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Two Numbers Under the Microscope

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

This investigates one particular property of number by looking closely at an example of adding two odd numbers together.

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Odd Times Even

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This problem looks at how one example of your choice can show something about the general structure of multiplication.

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Round a Hexagon

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This problem shows that the external angles of an irregular hexagon add to a circle.

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Take Three Numbers

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

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Three Neighbours

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

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

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Square Subtraction

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

Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?

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Magic Letters

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Coordinate Patterns

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

Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?

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Route to Infinity

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Seven Squares

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

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Double Trouble

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Simple additions can lead to intriguing results...

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Slick Summing

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?

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Speedy Summations

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Watch the video to see how to add together an arithmetic sequence of numbers efficiently.

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Polynomial Interpolation

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you fit polynomials through these points?

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Particularly General

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

By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.