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Clearly if a, b and c are the lengths of the sides of an equilateral triangle then a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = ab + bc + ca. Is the converse true?

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Consecutive Squares

The squares of any 8 consecutive numbers can be arranged into two sets of four numbers with the same sum. True of false?

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Parabolic Patterns

The illustration shows the graphs of fifteen functions. Two of them have equations y=x^2 and y=-(x-4)^2. Find the equations of all the other graphs.

Exploring Quadratic Mappings

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The mapping below was created using the NRICH Number Plumber.

Click here to watch a video explaining how to use the Number Plumber.

Click on the mapping to explore the relationship between the function and its graph.

(x-1)(x-3) mapping

Now replace the 1 and 3 with other values. How does this affect the graph?

What happens if you add instead of subtract?

Describe and explain any generalisations you make.