A story for students about adding powers of integers - with a festive twist.
Which of these pocket money systems would you rather have?
Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17.
Alison, Bernard and Charlie have been exploring sequences of odd and even numbers, which raise some intriguing questions...
The picture illustrates the sum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = (4 x 5)/2. Prove the general formula for the sum of the first n natural numbers and the formula for the sum of the cubes of the first n natural. . . .
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
Cellular is an animation that helps you make geometric sequences composed of square cells.
Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?
In this investigation, we look at Pascal's Triangle in a slightly different way - rotated and with the top line of ones taken off.
Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...