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Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.

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Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?

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A cube is made from smaller cubes, 5 by 5 by 5, then some of those cubes are removed. Can you make the specified shapes, and what is the most and least number of cubes required ?

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Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of the first six cube numbers?

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A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?

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Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

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The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

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A right-angled isosceles triangle is rotated about the centre point of a square. What can you say about the area of the part of the square covered by the triangle as it rotates?

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How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?

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Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?

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Four rods, two of length a and two of length b, are linked to form a kite. The linkage is moveable so that the angles change. What is the maximum area of the kite?

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The diagram shows a very heavy kitchen cabinet. It cannot be lifted but it can be pivoted around a corner. The task is to move it, without sliding, in a series of turns about the corners so that it. . . .

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A ribbon runs around a box so that it makes a complete loop with two parallel pieces of ribbon on the top. How long will the ribbon be?

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Join pentagons together edge to edge. Will they form a ring?

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Can you work out how these polygon pictures were drawn, and use that to figure out their angles?

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How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

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Explore the area of families of parallelograms and triangles. Can you find rules to work out the areas?

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Find the ratio of the outer shaded area to the inner area for a six pointed star and an eight pointed star.

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A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?

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If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

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This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?

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A and C are the opposite vertices of a square ABCD, and have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d), respectively. What are the coordinates of the vertices B and D? What is the area of the square?

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A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?

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If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

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How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

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Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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On a clock the three hands - the second, minute and hour hands - are on the same axis. How often in a 24 hour day will the second hand be parallel to either of the two other hands?

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Place a red counter in the top left corner of a 4x4 array, which is covered by 14 other smaller counters, leaving a gap in the bottom right hand corner (HOME). What is the smallest number of moves. . . .

This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view. . . .

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Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .

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ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.

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A 10x10x10 cube is made from 27 2x2 cubes with corridors between them. Find the shortest route from one corner to the opposite corner.

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Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

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A circular plate rolls in contact with the sides of a rectangular tray. How much of its circumference comes into contact with the sides of the tray when it rolls around one circuit?

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A half-cube is cut into two pieces by a plane through the long diagonal and at right angles to it. Can you draw a net of these pieces? Are they identical?

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There are 27 small cubes in a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, 54 faces being visible at any one time. Is it possible to reorganise these cubes so that by dipping the large cube into a pot of paint three times you. . . .

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Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

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The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

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The farmers want to redraw their field boundary but keep the area the same. Can you advise them?

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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

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What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

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The coke machine in college takes 50 pence pieces. It also takes a certain foreign coin of traditional design...

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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?