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Set Square

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A triangle PQR, right angled at P, slides on a horizontal floor with Q and R in contact with perpendicular walls. What is the locus of P?

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A box of size a cm by b cm by c cm is to be wrapped with a square piece of wrapping paper. Without cutting the paper what is the smallest square this can be?

Just Touching

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Three semi-circles have a common diameter, each touches the other two and two lie inside the biggest one. What is the radius of the circle that touches all three semi-circles?

Biggest Bendy

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Four rods are hinged at their ends to form a quadrilateral with fixed side lengths. Show that the quadrilateral has a maximum area when it is cyclic.

Baby Circle

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A small circle fits between two touching circles so that all three circles touch each other and have a common tangent? What is the exact radius of the smallest circle?

Purr-fection

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What is the smallest perfect square that ends with the four digits 9009?

Reach for Polydron

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A tetrahedron has two identical equilateral triangles faces, of side length 1 unit. The other two faces are right angled isosceles triangles. Find the exact volume of the tetrahedron.

Kissing

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Two perpendicular lines are tangential to two identical circles that touch. What is the largest circle that can be placed in between the two lines and the two circles and how would you construct it?

Fixing It

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A and B are two fixed points on a circle and RS is a variable diamater. What is the locus of the intersection P of AR and BS?

Exhaustion

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Find the positive integer solutions of the equation (1+1/a)(1+1/b)(1+1/c) = 2

Binary Squares

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If a number N is expressed in binary by using only 'ones,' what can you say about its square (in binary)?

Knock-out

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Before a knockout tournament with 2^n players I pick two players. What is the probability that they have to play against each other at some point in the tournament?

Reciprocals

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Prove that the product of the sum of n positive numbers with the sum of their reciprocals is not less than n^2.

Big, Bigger, Biggest

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Which is the biggest and which the smallest of $2000^{2002}, 2001^{2001} \text{and } 2002^{2000}$?

Reciprocal Triangles

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Prove that the sum of the reciprocals of the first n triangular numbers gets closer and closer to 2 as n grows.

Remainder Hunt

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What are the possible remainders when the 100-th power of an integer is divided by 125?

Summats Clear

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Find the sum, f(n), of the first n terms of the sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3........p, p, p +1, p + 1,..... Prove that f(a + b) - f(a - b) = ab.

Growing

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Which is larger: (a) 1.000001^{1000000} or 2? (b) 100^{300} or 300! (i.e.factorial 300)

Summit

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Prove that the sum from t=0 to m of (-1)^t/t!(m-t)! is zero.

Three Ways

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If x + y = -1 find the largest value of xy by coordinate geometry, by calculus and by algebra.

Plane to See

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P is the midpoint of an edge of a cube and Q divides another edge in the ratio 1 to 4. Find the ratio of the volumes of the two pieces of the cube cut by a plane through PQ and a vertex.

Tetra Inequalities

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Prove that in every tetrahedron there is a vertex such that the three edges meeting there have lengths which could be the sides of a triangle.

OK! Now Prove It

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Make a conjecture about the sum of the squares of the odd positive integers. Can you prove it?

Ab Surd Ity

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Find the value of sqrt(2+sqrt3)-sqrt(2-sqrt3)and then of cuberoot(2+sqrt5)+cuberoot(2-sqrt5).

Be Reasonable

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Prove that sqrt2, sqrt3 and sqrt5 cannot be terms of ANY arithmetic progression.

Upsetting Pitagoras

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Find the smallest integer solution to the equation 1/x^2 + 1/y^2 = 1/z^2

Absurdity Again

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What is the value of the integers a and b where sqrt(8-4sqrt3) = sqrt a - sqrt b?

Mod 7

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Find the remainder when 3^{2001} is divided by 7.

Real(ly) Numbers

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If x, y and z are real numbers such that: x + y + z = 5 and xy + yz + zx = 3. What is the largest value that any of the numbers can have?

Em'power'ed

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Find the smallest numbers a, b, and c such that: a^2 = 2b^3 = 3c^5 What can you say about other solutions to this problem?

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The familiar Pythagorean 3-4-5 triple gives one solution to (x-1)^n + x^n = (x+1)^n so what about other solutions for x an integer and n= 2, 3, 4 or 5?

Shape and Territory

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If for any triangle ABC tan(A - B) + tan(B - C) + tan(C - A) = 0 what can you say about the triangle?

Cut Cube

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Find the shape and symmetries of the two pieces of this cut cube.

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If the last four digits of my phone number are placed in front of the remaining three you get one more than twice my number! What is it?

Mean Geometrically

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A and B are two points on a circle centre O. Tangents at A and B cut at C. CO cuts the circle at D. What is the relationship between areas of ADBO, ABO and ACBO?

Some Cubes

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The sum of the cubes of two numbers is 7163. What are these numbers?

Golden Powers

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You add 1 to the golden ratio to get its square. How do you find higher powers?

Seriesly

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Prove that k.k! = (k+1)! - k! and sum the series 1.1! + 2.2! + 3.3! +...+n.n!