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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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. . . .

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.

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

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?

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?

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

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

Can you find a rule which connects consecutive triangular numbers?

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?

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 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