Becoming a Better Mathematician

Becoming a Better Mathematician

In this feature, we invite you to think about What Makes a Good Mathematician. Once you've reflected on your mathematical strengths and weaknesses, you might like to have a go at the problems in each of the sections below, which challenge you to collaborate, be systematic, and find opportunities to generalise.

Please send in your solutions to the problems by Monday 6 July.

In this article for students, we outline what we believe are the five key ingredients that make a successful mathematician. Where are your strengths? What might you want to work on?

Learning to Collaborate 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
These problems demonstrate the value of approaching problems in more than one way

Learning to Be Systematic 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
These problems encourage you to work systematically

Learning to Generalise 

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:
These problems give you lots of opportunities to generalise