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Generating Triples

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Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?

Pythagoras Proofs

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Can you make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

Areas of Parallelograms

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Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

Pair Products

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

Sums of Pairs

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are the three numbers Jo had to start with?”

Unit Interval

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?

Mediant

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If you take two tests and get a marks out of a maximum b in the first and c marks out of d in the second, does the mediant (a+c)/(b+d)lie between the results for the two tests separately.

What's Possible?

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

Square Pizza

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Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

Leonardo's Problem

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A, B & C own a half, a third and a sixth of a coin collection. Each grab some coins, return some, then share equally what they had put back, finishing with their own share. How rich are they?

Multiplication Square

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

Chocolate 2010

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First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

The Pillar of Chios

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Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .

More Number Pyramids

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When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Semi-square

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What is the ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?

Steel Cables

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Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

Always a Multiple?

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Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Janine's Conjecture

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Janine noticed, while studying some cube numbers, that if you take three consecutive whole numbers and multiply them together and then add the middle number of the three, you get the middle number. . . .

Odd Differences

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The diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two squares.

' Tis Whole

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Take a few whole numbers away from a triangle number. If you know the mean of the remaining numbers can you find the triangle number and which numbers were removed?

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Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?

Triangles Within Triangles

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Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

Triangles Within Pentagons

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Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.

Cubes Within Cubes Revisited

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Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

Always the Same

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Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?

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Think of a number... follow the machine's instructions. I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

Fibs

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The well known Fibonacci sequence is 1 ,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21.... How many Fibonacci sequences can you find containing the number 196 as one of the terms?

How Big?

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If the sides of the triangle in the diagram are 3, 4 and 5, what is the area of the shaded square?

Three Four Five

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Two semi-circles (each of radius 1/2) touch each other, and a semi-circle of radius 1 touches both of them. Find the radius of the circle which touches all three semi-circles.

Quick Times

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32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

AMGM

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Choose any two numbers. Call them a and b. Work out the arithmetic mean and the geometric mean. Which is bigger? Repeat for other pairs of numbers. What do you notice?

Perfectly Square

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

Crossed Ends

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Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

Seven Up

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The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

Summing Consecutive Numbers

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Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

Pareq Calc

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Triangle ABC is an equilateral triangle with three parallel lines going through the vertices. Calculate the length of the sides of the triangle if the perpendicular distances between the parallel. . . .

Good Work If You Can Get It

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A job needs three men but in fact six people do it. When it is finished they are all paid the same. How much was paid in total, and much does each man get if the money is shared as Fred suggests?

Back to Basics

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Find b where 3723(base 10) = 123(base b).

Lens Angle

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Find the missing angle between the two secants to the circle when the two angles at the centre subtended by the arcs created by the intersections of the secants and the circle are 50 and 120 degrees.

Even So

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Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

Partially Painted Cube

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Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

Partitioning Revisited

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We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

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A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

Boxed In

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A box has faces with areas 3, 12 and 25 square centimetres. What is the volume of the box?

Hallway Borders

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A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.

Magic Sums and Products

Stage: 3 and 4

How to build your own magic squares.

Special Sums and Products

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Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Screen Shot

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A moveable screen slides along a mirrored corridor towards a centrally placed light source. A ray of light from that source is directed towards a wall of the corridor, which it strikes at 45 degrees. . . .

Painted Cube

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Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Seven Squares

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Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?