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Golden Thoughts

Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.

At a Glance

The area of a regular pentagon looks about twice as a big as the pentangle star drawn within it. Is it?


A circular plate rolls in contact with the sides of a rectangular tray. How much of its circumference comes into contact with the sides of the tray when it rolls around one circuit?


Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A ladder 3m long rests against a wall with one end a short distance from its base.
Between the wall and the base of a ladder is a garden storage box 1m tall and 1m wide.
What is the maximum distance up the wall that the ladder can reach?