Can you hit the target functions using a set of input functions and a little calculus and algebra?

What functions can you make using the function machines RECIPROCAL and PRODUCT and the operator machines DIFF and INT?

If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.

To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...

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

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

Fancy learning a bit more about rates of reaction, but don't know where to look? Come inside and find out more...

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

Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.

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

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.

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

Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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

Can you find the lap times of the two cyclists travelling at constant speeds?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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. . . .

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.

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

Fifteen students had to travel 60 miles. They could use a car, which could only carry 5 students. As the car left with the first 5 (at 40 miles per hour), the remaining 10 commenced hiking along the. . . .

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.

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

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 find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

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

A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?

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

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?

Two semi-circles (each of radius 1/2) touch each other, and a semi-circle of radius 1 touches both of them. Find the radius of the circle which touches all three semi-circles.

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

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}.

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

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