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Maths Item of the Month

November 2021

The Maths Item of the Month is a monthly problem aimed at teachers and students of GCSE and A level Mathematics. The problems can be used for enrichment, problem solving or as a way to encourage mathematical thinking/proof.

Christmas Squares 

Santa’s elves are busy packing the sleigh. Bryony the elf is excited! She has just managed to pack eight different flat square parcels into a rectangle leaving only a 2cm-by-2cm hole in the middle. Can you work out the lengths of the sides of the other squares?  

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Check out past editions in our resources listing.