# Circular Logic Creating convincing arguments or "proofs" to show that statements are always true is a key mathematical skill.

The problems in this feature offer students the chance to investigate geometrical properties, make conjectures and create convincing mathematical proofs.

Many of the problems in this feature include proof sorting activities which challenge students to rearrange statements in order to recreate clear, rigorous proofs.  These tasks aim to introduce students to the formality and logic of mathematical proof.

You can watch a recording of the webinar in which we discussed the mathematical thinking which can be prompted by these activities.

Plus magazine has a selection of interesting articles exploring proofs in which pictures play an important role.

### Circumference Angles

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level
Can you prove the angle properties described by some of the circle theorems?

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level
Can you prove that the opposite angles of cyclic quadrilaterals add to $180^\circ$?

### Pythagoras Proofs

##### Age 11 to 16Challenge Level
Can you make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

### Matter of Scale

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level
Can you prove Pythagoras' Theorem using enlargements and scale factors?

### The Converse of Pythagoras

##### Age 14 to 18Challenge Level
Can you prove that triangles are right-angled when $a^2+b^2=c^2$?

### Overlap

##### Age 14 to 16Challenge Level
A red square and a blue square overlap. Is the area of the overlap always the same?

### Pentakite

##### Age 14 to 18Challenge Level
Given a regular pentagon, can you find the distance between two non-adjacent vertices?

### Kite in a Square

##### Age 14 to 18Challenge Level
Can you make sense of the three methods to work out what fraction of the total area is shaded?