Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.
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?
Kyle and his teacher disagree about his test score - who is right?
Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside.
Three fences of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure. What arrangement maximises the area?
Is the mean of the squares of two numbers greater than, or less than, the square of their means?
Is it possible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?
Find the maximum value of 1/p + 1/q + 1/r where this sum is less than 1 and p, q, and r are positive integers.
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?
Christmas trees are planted in a rectangular array. Which is the taller tree, A or B?
According to Plutarch, the Greeks found all the rectangles with integer sides, whose areas are equal to their perimeters. Can you find them? What rectangular boxes, with integer sides, have. . . .
What fractions can you find between the square roots of 65 and 67?
Which rational numbers cannot be written in the form x + 1/(y + 1/z) where x, y and z are integers?
A bag contains 12 marbles. There are more red than green but green and blue together exceed the reds. The total of yellow and green marbles is more than the total of red and blue. How many of. . . .
Two cubes, each with integral side lengths, have a combined volume equal to the total of the lengths of their edges. How big are the cubes? [If you find a result by 'trial and error' you'll need to. . . .
By inscribing a circle in a square and then a square in a circle find an approximation to pi. By using a hexagon, can you improve on the approximation?