When working on maths problems, it's often a good idea to start by trying out some examples using small numbers, and looking for patterns, before looking for general rules. In this set of tasks, we invite you to move from particular cases to generalisations, and use the power of algebra to prove your findings.
Multiple Surprises and Square Number Surprises include solutions that have previously been submitted to NRICH, so you may wish to try these problems first and then compare your approach with the published ones. Then try Tilted Squares and Difference of Two Squares, and send us your solutions!
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the
NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to
embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.