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Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

Summing Consecutive Numbers

15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?

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Areas from Vectors

Age 11 to 16


Move the blue points below to change the vectors that define the parallelogram.
See how the area changes.

Explore how the area of the parallelogram changes as you change the vectors.

If you would like some ideas of interesting questions to explore, take a look below.




Is there a formula for the area of a parallelogram if I know the two vectors?

Why does the formula work?

What is the formula in the special case when the parallelogram is a square?

What is special about the areas of the rhombuses you can make?