You may also like

problem icon

Picture Story

Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of the first six cube numbers?

problem icon

Series Sums

Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17.

problem icon

Attractive Tablecloths

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?

Collatz-ish

Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

The first term of a sequence of positive integers is $6$. The other terms in the sequence follow these rules:

                if a term is even then divide it by $2$ to obtain the next term;
                if a term is odd then multiply it by $5$ and subtract $1$ to obtain the next term.

For which values of $n$ is the $n$th term equal to $n$?


If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task that challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.