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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

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}.

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

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.

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?

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

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

Some students have been working out the number of strands needed for different sizes of cable. Can you make sense of their solutions?

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

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

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

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

Can you explain why a sequence of operations always gives you perfect squares?

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

In turn 4 people throw away three nuts from a pile and hide a quarter of the remainder finally leaving a multiple of 4 nuts. How many nuts were at the start?