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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.

A cyclist and a runner start off simultaneously around a race track each going at a constant speed. The cyclist goes all the way around and then catches up with the runner. He then instantly turns. . . .

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

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

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.

Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

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

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.

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

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?

This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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}.

Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?

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

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?”

However did we manage before calculators? Is there an efficient way to do a square root if you have to do the work yourself?

What is the total number of squares that can be made on a 5 by 5 geoboard?

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

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

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 diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two squares.

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.