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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?

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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}.

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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?


Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

ABCD is a non-convex quadrilateral. The points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges of ABCD. You can change the shape of the quadrilateral ABCD.

What do you notice about the quadrilateral PQRS and its area as ABCD changes?

If you say that what you have noticed is always true, then you are making a conjecture. Can you prove your conjecture?

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