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Teams

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Two brothers belong to a club with 10 members. Four are selected for a match. Find the probability that both brothers are selected.

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A quadrilateral changes shape with the edge lengths constant. Show the scalar product of the diagonals is constant. If the diagonals are perpendicular in one position are they always perpendicular?

Mathematical Anagrams

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1. LATE GRIN (2 solutions)

Staircase

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Solving the equation x^3 = 3 is easy but what about solving equations with a 'staircase' of powers?

Plum Tree

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Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!

Magic Caterpillars

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Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.

Cocked Hat

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Sketch the graphs for this implicitly defined family of functions.

Modular Knights

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Try to move the knight to visit each square once and return to the starting point on this unusual chessboard.

Instant Insanity

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Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

Diverging

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Show that for natural numbers x and y if x/y > 1 then x/y>(x+1)/(y+1}>1. Hence prove that the product for i=1 to n of [(2i)/(2i-1)] tends to infinity as n tends to infinity.

Sine Problem

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In this 'mesh' of sine graphs, one of the graphs is the graph of the sine function. Find the equations of the other graphs to reproduce the pattern.

Cubic Spin

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Prove that the graph of f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 +9x +1 has rotational symmetry. Do graphs of all cubics have rotational symmetry?

Pair Squares

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The sum of any two of the numbers 2, 34 and 47 is a perfect square. Choose three square numbers and find sets of three integers with this property. Generalise to four integers.

Retracircles

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Four circles all touch each other and a circumscribing circle. Find the ratios of the radii and prove that joining 3 centres gives a 3-4-5 triangle.

Basic Rhythms

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Explore a number pattern which has the same symmetries in different bases.

Target Six

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Show that x = 1 is a solution of the equation x^(3/2) - 8x^(-3/2) = 7 and find all other solutions.

Double Angle Triples

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Try out this geometry problem involving trigonometry and number theory

Sangaku

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The square ABCD is split into three triangles by the lines BP and CP. Find the radii of the three inscribed circles to these triangles as P moves on AD.

Golden Triangle

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Three triangles ABC, CBD and ABD (where D is a point on AC) are all isosceles. Find all the angles. Prove that the ratio of AB to BC is equal to the golden ratio.

Pythagorean Golden Means

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Show that the arithmetic mean, geometric mean and harmonic mean of a and b can be the lengths of the sides of a right-angles triangle if and only if a = bx^3, where x is the Golden Ratio.

More Polynomial Equations

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Find relationships between the polynomials a, b and c which are polynomials in n giving the sums of the first n natural numbers, squares and cubes respectively.

Old Nuts

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In turn 4 people throw away three nuts from a pile and hide a quarter of the remainder finally leaving a multiple of 4 nuts. How many nuts were at the start?

Roots and Coefficients

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If xyz = 1 and x+y+z =1/x + 1/y + 1/z show that at least one of these numbers must be 1. Now for the complexity! When are the other numbers real and when are they complex?