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

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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.

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The largest square which fits into a circle is ABCD and EFGH is a square with G and H on the line CD and E and F on the circumference of the circle. Show that AB = 5EF. Similarly the largest. . . .

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Four identical right angled triangles are drawn on the sides of a square. Two face out, two face in. Why do the four vertices marked with dots lie on one line?

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

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

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The diagonal of a square intersects the line joining one of the unused corners to the midpoint of the opposite side. What do you notice about the line segments produced?

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What fractions can you divide the diagonal of a square into by simple folding?

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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.

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If you know the sizes of the angles marked with coloured dots in this diagram which angles can you find by calculation?

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!

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Find the area of the annulus in terms of the length of the chord which is tangent to the inner circle.

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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?

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A circle has centre O and angle POR = angle QOR. Construct tangents at P and Q meeting at T. Draw a circle with diameter OT. Do P and Q lie inside, or on, or outside this circle?

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A picture is made by joining five small quadrilaterals together to make a large quadrilateral. Is it possible to draw a similar picture if all the small quadrilaterals are cyclic?

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An equilateral triangle is constructed on BC. A line QD is drawn, where Q is the midpoint of AC. Prove that AB // QD.

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ABCD is a square. P is the midpoint of AB and is joined to C. A line from D perpendicular to PC meets the line at the point Q. Prove AQ = AD.

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An equilateral triangle is sitting on top of a square. What is the radius of the circle that circumscribes this shape?

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Take any rectangle ABCD such that AB > BC. The point P is on AB and Q is on CD. Show that there is exactly one position of P and Q such that APCQ is a rhombus.

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What can you say about the lengths of the sides of a quadrilateral whose vertices are on a unit circle?

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Whenever two chameleons of different colours meet they change colour to the third colour. Describe the shortest sequence of meetings in which all the chameleons change to green if you start with 12. . . .

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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?

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Prove Pythagoras' Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.

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Points A, B and C are the centres of three circles, each one of which touches the other two. Prove that the perimeter of the triangle ABC is equal to the diameter of the largest circle.

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Prove that the internal angle bisectors of a triangle will never be perpendicular to each other.

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It is obvious that we can fit four circles of diameter 1 unit in a square of side 2 without overlapping. What is the smallest square into which we can fit 3 circles of diameter 1 unit?

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Can you make sense of the three methods to work out the area of the kite in the square?

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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.

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

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

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We have exactly 100 coins. There are five different values of coins. We have decided to buy a piece of computer software for 39.75. We have the correct money, not a penny more, not a penny less! Can. . . .

Here are some examples of 'cons', and see if you can figure out where the trick is.

What does logic mean to us and is that different to mathematical logic? We will explore these questions in this article.

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

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

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

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It is impossible to trisect an angle using only ruler and compasses but it can be done using a carpenter's square.

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Construct two equilateral triangles on a straight line. There are two lengths that look the same - can you prove it?

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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?

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Draw some quadrilaterals on a 9-point circle and work out the angles. Is there a theorem?

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.

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Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

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Six points are arranged in space so that no three are collinear. How many line segments can be formed by joining the points in pairs?

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I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?

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I want some cubes painted with three blue faces and three red faces. How many different cubes can be painted like that?

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I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?

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Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?

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A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?

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We are given a regular icosahedron having three red vertices. Show that it has a vertex that has at least two red neighbours.