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.

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 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?

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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 ...?

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.

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

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.

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

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. 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.

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

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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

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

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 ?

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

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

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...

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?

This pattern of six circles contains three unit circles. Work out the radii of the other three circles and the relationship between them.

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

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

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 find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

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

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

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.

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

There are unexpected discoveries to be made about square numbers...

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