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 a geometric series?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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}.

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

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. . . .

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?

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.

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?

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

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

Show that x = 1 is a solution of the equation x^(3/2) - 8x^(-3/2) = 7 and find all other solutions.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Sort these mathematical propositions into a series of 8 correct statements.

How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?

Can you work through these direct proofs, using our interactive proof sorters?

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

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?

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

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

This follows up the 'magic Squares for Special Occasions' article which tells you you to create a 4by4 magicsquare with a special date on the top line using no negative numbers and no repeats.

Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.

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

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/...)).

Prove Pythagoras' Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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?

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