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This problem offers a good opportunity for students to discuss patterns and find convincing arguments for their solutions.
Reuben Hersh has written that:
"In the classroom, convincing is no problem. Students are too easily convinced. Two special cases will do it."
This problem offers an opportunity to ensure that students are justified in generalising from the particular cases that they have selected.
Find a general symbolic expression for the coordinates of the vertices of the $n$th square or triangle.
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...