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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Find all real solutions of the equation (x^2-7x+11)^(x^2-11x+30) = 1.

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

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

You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?

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.

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?

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.

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...

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?

Which is the biggest and which the smallest of $2000^{2002}, 2001^{2001} \text{and } 2002^{2000}$?

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.

This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .

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. . . .

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

Find the positive integer solutions of the equation (1+1/a)(1+1/b)(1+1/c) = 2

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

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

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.

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

Relate these algebraic expressions to geometrical diagrams.

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

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

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

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.

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 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?

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.

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

Given that u>0 and v>0 find the smallest possible value of 1/u + 1/v given that u + v = 5 by different methods.

Peter Zimmerman from Mill Hill County High School in Barnet, London gives a neat proof that: 5^(2n+1) + 11^(2n+1) + 17^(2n+1) is divisible by 33 for every non negative integer n.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The diagram shows a regular pentagon with sides of unit length. Find all the angles in the diagram. Prove that the quadrilateral shown in red is a rhombus.