Generalise the sum of a GP by using derivatives to make the coefficients into powers of the natural numbers.

Can you correctly order the steps in the proof of the formula for the sum of the first n terms in a geometric sequence?

Find a connection between the shape of a special ellipse and an infinite string of nested square roots.

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?

Make and prove a conjecture about the value of the product of the Fibonacci numbers $F_{n+1}F_{n-1}$.

Freddie Manners, of Packwood Haugh School in Shropshire solved an alphanumeric without using the extra information supplied and this article explains his reasoning.

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

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}.

Explore a number pattern which has the same symmetries in different bases.

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

With n people anywhere in a field each shoots a water pistol at the nearest person. In general who gets wet? What difference does it make if n is odd or even?

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. . . .

Fractional calculus is a generalisation of ordinary calculus where you can differentiate n times when n is not a whole number.

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

If for any triangle ABC tan(A - B) + tan(B - C) + tan(C - A) = 0 what can you say about the triangle?

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

A polite number can be written as the sum of two or more consecutive positive integers. Find the consecutive sums giving the polite numbers 544 and 424. What characterizes impolite numbers?

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. . . .

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

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

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

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

Explore the continued fraction: 2+3/(2+3/(2+3/2+...)) What do you notice when successive terms are taken? What happens to the terms if the fraction goes on indefinitely?

The tangles created by the twists and turns of the Conway rope trick are surprisingly symmetrical. Here's why!

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

Keep constructing triangles in the incircle of the previous triangle. What happens?

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

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

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

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

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. . . .

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

Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

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.

We continue the discussion given in Euclid's Algorithm I, and here we shall discover when an equation of the form ax+by=c has no solutions, and when it has infinitely many solutions.

In this article we show that every whole number can be written as a continued fraction of the form k/(1+k/(1+k/...)).

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

Suppose A always beats B and B always beats C, then would you expect A to beat C? Not always! What seems obvious is not always true. Results always need to be proved in mathematics.

Prove Pythagoras' Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.

Professor Korner has generously supported school mathematics for more than 30 years and has been a good friend to NRICH since it started.

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.

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.

When if ever do you get the right answer if you add two fractions by adding the numerators and adding the denominators?

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

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?

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.