The problem is how did Archimedes calculate the lengths of the sides of the polygons which needed him to be able to calculate square roots?

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

Is the mean of the squares of two numbers greater than, or less than, the square of their means?

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

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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

Explore what happens when you draw graphs of quadratic equations with coefficients based on a geometric sequence.

Clearly if a, b and c are the lengths of the sides of an equilateral triangle then a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = ab + bc + ca. Is the converse true?

Can you explain why a sequence of operations always gives you perfect squares?

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

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

Find the smallest positive integer N such that N/2 is a perfect cube, N/3 is a perfect fifth power and N/5 is a perfect seventh power.

Can you rearrange the cards to make a series of correct mathematical statements?

A composite number is one that is neither prime nor 1. Show that 10201 is composite in any base.

If a two digit number has its digits reversed and the smaller of the two numbers is subtracted from the larger, prove the difference can never be prime.

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}.

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

Find the missing angle between the two secants to the circle when the two angles at the centre subtended by the arcs created by the intersections of the secants and the circle are 50 and 120 degrees.

This article discusses how every Pythagorean triple (a, b, c) can be illustrated by a square and an L shape within another square. You are invited to find some triples for yourself.

What is the largest number of intersection points that a triangle and a quadrilateral can have?

Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.

A serious but easily readable discussion of proof in mathematics with some amusing stories and some interesting examples.

Investigate the sequences obtained by starting with any positive 2 digit number (10a+b) and repeatedly using the rule 10a+b maps to 10b-a to get the next number in the sequence.

When is it impossible to make number sandwiches?

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?

There are 12 identical looking coins, one of which is a fake. The counterfeit coin is of a different weight to the rest. What is the minimum number of weighings needed to locate the fake coin?

The first of two articles on Pythagorean Triples which asks how many right angled triangles can you find with the lengths of each side exactly a whole number measurement. Try it!

Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.

Can you find the areas of the trapezia in this sequence?

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.

If you think that mathematical proof is really clearcut and universal then you should read this article.

Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of the first six cube numbers?

Prove that, given any three parallel lines, an equilateral triangle always exists with one vertex on each of the three lines.

The picture illustrates the sum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = (4 x 5)/2. Prove the general formula for the sum of the first n natural numbers and the formula for the sum of the cubes of the first n natural. . . .

Four jewellers share their stock. Can you work out the relative values of their gems?

Prove that the shaded area of the semicircle is equal to the area of the inner circle.

I am exactly n times my daughter's age. In m years I shall be ... How old am I?

Three points A, B and C lie in this order on a line, and P is any point in the plane. Use the Cosine Rule to prove the following statement.

This is the second article on right-angled triangles whose edge lengths are whole numbers.

Imagine two identical cylindrical pipes meeting at right angles and think about the shape of the space which belongs to both pipes. Early Chinese mathematicians call this shape the mouhefanggai.

In this 7-sandwich: 7 1 3 1 6 4 3 5 7 2 4 6 2 5 there are 7 numbers between the 7s, 6 between the 6s etc. The article shows which values of n can make n-sandwiches and which cannot.

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

This article looks at knight's moves on a chess board and introduces you to the idea of vectors and vector addition.

Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one. Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is special about your results.

A paradox is a statement that seems to be both untrue and true at the same time. This article looks at a few examples and challenges you to investigate them for yourself.