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

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?

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.

A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number?

My train left London between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and arrived in Paris between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. At the start and end of the journey the hands on my watch were in exactly the same positions but the. . . .

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?

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

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

Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.

A moveable screen slides along a mirrored corridor towards a centrally placed light source. A ray of light from that source is directed towards a wall of the corridor, which it strikes at 45 degrees. . . .

Can you make sense of these three proofs of Pythagoras' Theorem?

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

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.

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

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

Use algebra to reason why 16 and 32 are impossible to create as the sum of consecutive numbers.

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?

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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?”