Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
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.
Fractional calculus is a generalisation of ordinary calculus where you can differentiate n times when n is not a whole number.
Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Can the pdfs and cdfs of an exponential distribution intersect?
To find the integral of a polynomial, evaluate it at some special points and add multiples of these values.
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
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.
Given a set of points (x,y) with distinct x values, find a polynomial that goes through all of them, then prove some results about the existence and uniqueness of these polynomials.
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.
How many tours visit each vertex of a cube once and only once? How many return to the starting point?
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?
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. . . .
Given any two polynomials in a single variable it is always possible to eliminate the variable and obtain a formula showing the relationship between the two polynomials. Try this one.
Find all the solutions to the this equation.
By considering powers of (1+x), show that the sum of the squares of the binomial coefficients from 0 to n is 2nCn
A composite number is one that is neither prime nor 1. Show that 10201 is composite in any base.
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...
By proving these particular identities, prove the existence of general cases.
Take a triangular number, multiply it by 8 and add 1. What is special about your answer? Can you prove it?
If x + y = -1 find the largest value of xy by coordinate geometry, by calculus and by algebra.
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. . . .
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.
As a quadrilateral Q is deformed (keeping the edge lengths constnt) the diagonals and the angle X between them change. Prove that the area of Q is proportional to tanX.
Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.
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 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 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?
This article looks at knight's moves on a chess board and introduces you to the idea of vectors and vector addition.
Can you find the value of this function involving algebraic fractions for x=2000?
Take any two numbers between 0 and 1. Prove that the sum of the numbers is always less than one plus their product?
The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?
Show that for natural numbers x and y if x/y > 1 then x/y>(x+1)/(y+1}>1. Hence prove that the product for i=1 to n of [(2i)/(2i-1)] tends to infinity as n tends to infinity.
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.
Explore what happens when you draw graphs of quadratic equations with coefficients based on a geometric sequence.
Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.
Can you explain why a sequence of operations always gives you perfect squares?
An account of methods for finding whether or not a number can be written as the sum of two or more squares or as the sum of two or more cubes.
An article which gives an account of some properties of magic squares.
Kyle and his teacher disagree about his test score - who is right?
This article stems from research on the teaching of proof and offers guidance on how to move learners from focussing on experimental arguments to mathematical arguments and deductive reasoning.
Starting with one of the mini-challenges, how many of the other mini-challenges will you invent for yourself?
Do you have enough information to work out the area of the shaded quadrilateral?
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.
Here is a proof of Euler's formula in the plane and on a sphere together with projects to explore cases of the formula for a polygon with holes, for the torus and other solids with holes and the. . . .
Some diagrammatic 'proofs' of algebraic identities and inequalities.
Draw some quadrilaterals on a 9-point circle and work out the angles. Is there a theorem?
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Toni Beardon has chosen this article introducing a rich area for practical exploration and discovery in 3D geometry