Collaborative Mathematics - February 2010, Stage 3&4

This month we invite you to work on linked mathematical activities which naturally provide the insights which will enable you to tackle more significant challenges. This encourages a collaborative way of working on mathematics where the sharing of ideas and results leads to deeper insights for all.

Problems

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Cinema Problem

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.

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Legs Eleven

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the end and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. Did you get a multiple of 11?

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Tower of Hanoi

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.

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Cyclic Quadrilaterals

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Why 24?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.