Can you find the hidden factors which multiply together to produce each quadratic expression?

Which armies can be arranged in hollow square fighting formations?

Can you find out what is special about the dimensions of rectangles you can make with squares, sticks and units?

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

Can you explain what is going on in these puzzling number tricks?

Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one. Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is special about your results.

Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.

If you know the perimeter of a right angled triangle, what can you say about the area?

The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?

What is special about the difference between squares of numbers adjacent to multiples of three?

Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?

Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

There are unexpected discoveries to be made about square numbers...

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number?

A collection of short Stage 4 problems on creating algebraic expressions.