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Broad Topics > Algebraic expressions, equations and formulae > Creating and manipulating expressions and formulae Training Schedule

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The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target? Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

If a sum invested gains 10% each year how long before it has doubled its value? Gutter

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Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter? Terminology

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Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles? Inside Outside

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Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside. Always Two

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Find all the triples of numbers a, b, c such that each one of them plus the product of the other two is always 2. Magic Squares for Special Occasions

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This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line. 2-digit Square

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A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number? Consecutive Squares

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The squares of any 8 consecutive numbers can be arranged into two sets of four numbers with the same sum. True of false? There and Back

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Brian swims at twice the speed that a river is flowing, downstream from one moored boat to another and back again, taking 12 minutes altogether. How long would it have taken him in still water? 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? Lower Bound

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What would you get if you continued this sequence of fraction sums? 1/2 + 2/1 = 2/3 + 3/2 = 3/4 + 4/3 = Back to Basics

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Find b where 3723(base 10) = 123(base b). ' 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? Magic Sums and Products

Age 11 to 16

How to build your own magic squares. Balance Point

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Attach weights of 1, 2, 4, and 8 units to the four attachment points on the bar. Move the bar from side to side until you find a balance point. Is it possible to predict that position? Reasonable Algebra

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Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the sum of consecutive numbers. Algebra Match

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A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding. Simplifying Doughnut

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An algebra task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding. Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Robert noticed some interesting patterns when he highlighted square numbers in a spreadsheet. Can you prove that the patterns will continue? Sums of Pairs

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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?” Algebra from Geometry

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Account of an investigation which starts from the area of an annulus and leads to the formula for the difference of two squares. Fair Shares?

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A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally? Series Sums

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Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17. Hike and Hitch

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Fifteen students had to travel 60 miles. They could use a car, which could only carry 5 students. As the car left with the first 5 (at 40 miles per hour), the remaining 10 commenced hiking along the. . . . 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. 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? 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? Hand Swap

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My train left London between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and arrived in Paris between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. At the start and end of the journey the hands on my watch were in exactly the same positions but the. . . . 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? 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. . . . Always Perfect

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Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square. Interactive Number Patterns

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How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ? Matchless

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There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ? 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? Pinned Squares

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What is the total number of squares that can be made on a 5 by 5 geoboard? 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. . . . 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. . . . Number Rules - OK

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Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number... Marbles in a Box

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

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Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs? Pick's Theorem

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Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons. AMGM

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Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality? Diophantine N-tuples

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Can you explain why a sequence of operations always gives you perfect squares? Never Prime

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If a two digit number has its digits reversed and the smaller of the two numbers is subtracted from the larger, prove the difference can never be prime. One and Three

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Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . . Unit Interval

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

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A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r? Perfectly Square

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

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