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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}.

Mod 3

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

Common Divisor

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Why do this problem?
It gives practice in factorisation and an opportunity for learners to make and prove conjectures.

Possible approach
This problem makes a good lesson starter.

Key questions
What are the factors of $n^5 - n$?