Resources tagged with: Mathematical induction

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Binary Squares

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

Converging Product

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

In the limit you get the sum of an infinite geometric series. What about an infinite product (1+x)(1+x^2)(1+x^4)... ?

OK! Now Prove It

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

Golden Powers

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

An Introduction to Mathematical Induction

Age 16 to 18

This article gives an introduction to mathematical induction, a powerful method of mathematical proof.

Golden Fractions

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Find the link between a sequence of continued fractions and the ratio of succesive Fibonacci numbers.

Fibonacci Fashion

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What have Fibonacci numbers to do with solutions of the quadratic equation x^2 - x - 1 = 0 ?

Water Pistols

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

With n people anywhere in a field each shoots a water pistol at the nearest person. In general who gets wet? What difference does it make if n is odd or even?

Particularly General

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.

Tens

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

When is $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Can you prove the result by two different methods?

Growing

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

Age 7 to 18 Challenge Level:

Libby Jared helped to set up NRICH and this is one of her favourite problems. It's a problem suitable for a wide age range and best tackled practically.

Overarch 2

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Bricks are 20cm long and 10cm high. How high could an arch be built without mortar on a flat horizontal surface, to overhang by 1 metre? How big an overhang is it possible to make like this?

Obviously?

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Find the values of n for which 1^n + 8^n - 3^n - 6^n is divisible by 6.

Gosh Cosh

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explore the hyperbolic functions sinh and cosh using what you know about the exponential function.

Elevens

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Add powers of 3 and powers of 7 and get multiples of 11.

Symmetric Tangles

Age 14 to 16

The tangles created by the twists and turns of the Conway rope trick are surprisingly symmetrical. Here's why!

Farey Neighbours

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Farey sequences are lists of fractions in ascending order of magnitude. Can you prove that in every Farey sequence there is a special relationship between Farey neighbours?

Farey Fibonacci

Age 16 to 18 Short Challenge Level:

Investigate Farey sequences of ratios of Fibonacci numbers.

Binomial Coefficients

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.

Counting Binary Ops

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How many ways can the terms in an ordered list be combined by repeating a single binary operation. Show that for 4 terms there are 5 cases and find the number of cases for 5 terms and 6 terms.