You may also like

problem icon


Show that for any triangle it is always possible to construct 3 touching circles with centres at the vertices. Is it possible to construct touching circles centred at the vertices of any polygon?

problem icon

DOTS Division

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

problem icon


Investigate sequences given by $a_n = \frac{1+a_{n-1}}{a_{n-2}}$ for different choices of the first two terms. Make a conjecture about the behaviour of these sequences. Can you prove your conjecture?

Triangles Within Squares

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Well explained by Tom, from Cottenham Village College

The answer I got for $T_n$ is: $8T_n+1=(2n+1)^2$

The $2n+1$ part is because the diagram looks like this for $T_3$
square arrangement
$2T_n$ form a rectangle $n$ by $n+1$

The four rectangles rotate around the centre and together make a square of side $n+(n+1)$

So we get the equation $8T_n+1=(2n+1)^2$