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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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. . . .

Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.

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 ...?

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}.

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.

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...

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Show that all pentagonal numbers are one third of a triangular 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?

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

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

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

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?

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

Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17.

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. . . .

Triangle ABC is an equilateral triangle with three parallel lines going through the vertices. Calculate the length of the sides of the triangle if the perpendicular distances between the parallel. . . .