Can you find the value of this function involving algebraic fractions for x=2000?

If x + y = -1 find the largest value of xy by coordinate geometry, by calculus and by algebra.

A sequence of polynomials starts 0, 1 and each poly is given by combining the two polys in the sequence just before it. Investigate and prove results about the roots of the polys.

Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.

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.

By considering powers of (1+x), show that the sum of the squares of the binomial coefficients from 0 to n is 2nCn

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

To find the integral of a polynomial, evaluate it at some special points and add multiples of these values.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

What is the value of the integers a and b where sqrt(8-4sqrt3) = sqrt a - sqrt b?

For which values of n is the Fibonacci number fn even? Which Fibonnaci numbers are divisible by 3?

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.

An algebra task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Prove that the product of the sum of n positive numbers with the sum of their reciprocals is not less than n^2.

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?

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.

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.

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. . . .

Five equations... five unknowns... can you solve the system?

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. . . .

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?

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.

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...

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

Can you find a rule which relates triangular numbers to square numbers?

Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular number.

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

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.

Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?

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.

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

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

If you know the perimeter of a right angled triangle, what can you say about the area?

Can you prove that twice the sum of two squares always gives the sum of two squares?

The incircles of 3, 4, 5 and of 5, 12, 13 right angled triangles have radii 1 and 2 units respectively. What about triangles with an inradius of 3, 4 or 5 or ...?

What is special about the difference between squares of numbers adjacent to multiples of three?

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

Can you explain what is going on in these puzzling number tricks?