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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

Find the missing angle between the two secants to the circle when the two angles at the centre subtended by the arcs created by the intersections of the secants and the circle are 50 and 120 degrees.

Kyle and his teacher disagree about his test score - who is right?

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 make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

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?

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. . . .

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.

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}.

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

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

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.

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

The problem is how did Archimedes calculate the lengths of the sides of the polygons which needed him to be able to calculate square roots?

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.

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

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

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.

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

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

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

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.

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...

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.

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to the area of the rectangle.

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?

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?

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.

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?”

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

Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?