Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Show there are exactly 12 magic labellings of the Magic W using the numbers 1 to 9. Prove that for every labelling with a magic total T there is a corresponding labelling with a magic total 30-T.
Given a set of points (x,y) with distinct x values, find a polynomial that goes through all of them, then prove some results about the existence and uniqueness of these polynomials.
Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.
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.
Given any two polynomials in a single variable it is always possible to eliminate the variable and obtain a formula showing the relationship between the two polynomials. Try this one.
To find the integral of a polynomial, evaluate it at some special points and add multiples of these values.
Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.
Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?
Can you find the value of this function involving algebraic fractions for x=2000?
Prove that the product of the sum of n positive numbers with the sum of their reciprocals is not less than n^2.
By considering powers of (1+x), show that the sum of the squares of the binomial coefficients from 0 to n is 2nCn
First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...
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?
Can you hit the target functions using a set of input functions and a little calculus and algebra?
Five equations... five unknowns... can you solve the system?
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.
Can you fit polynomials through these points?
Find all positive integers a and b for which the two equations: x^2-ax+b = 0 and x^2-bx+a = 0 both have positive integer solutions.
Can you use the diagram to prove the AM-GM inequality?
Take a complicated fraction with the product of five quartics top and bottom and reduce this to a whole number. This is a numerical example involving some clever algebra.
The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .
By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.
Find all the solutions to the this equation.
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.
For which values of n is the Fibonacci number fn even? Which Fibonnaci numbers are divisible by 3?
Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?
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 ?
What is the value of the integers a and b where sqrt(8-4sqrt3) = sqrt a - sqrt b?
To break down an algebraic fraction into partial fractions in which all the denominators are linear and all the numerators are constants you sometimes need complex numbers.
Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.
Can you find a rule which relates triangular numbers to square numbers?
Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?
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?
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 a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?
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.
If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.
A point moves around inside a rectangle. What are the least and the greatest values of the sum of the squares of the distances from the vertices?
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?
Robert noticed some interesting patterns when he highlighted square numbers in a spreadsheet. Can you prove that the patterns will continue?
Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?
Can you find the lap times of the two cyclists travelling at constant speeds?
Kyle and his teacher disagree about his test score - who is right?
Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
An algebra task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.