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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.

From All Corners

Straight lines are drawn from each corner of a square to the mid points of the opposite sides. Express the area of the octagon that is formed at the centre as a fraction of the area of the square.

Star Gazing

Find the ratio of the outer shaded area to the inner area for a six pointed star and an eight pointed star.

Six Notes All Nice Ratios

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The topic of music can make a good connection between science and mathematics

The nature of sound and the working of the ear are rich areas of applied mathematics.

The ratio emphasis follows from harmonics or overtones and rests on ideas like lowest common multiple.

One teacher has offered the following comment :This Stage 4 work makes practice in multiplying and dividing fractions purposeful. And in school invites collaboration between the music and mathematics departments.