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Welcome to the Parallel Maths Project

Dr Simon Singh, author of the No. 1 bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, has created a set of weekly maths challenges – 60 minutes of interesting, fun and challenging material that goes beyond school maths: mystery and history, activities and oddities, puzzles and problems. So far, we have four sets of challenges designed for students aged 11 to 13, but if you like what we do then there will be more challenges later in the year.

The Parallel Project was devised as an add-on for the Top-Top Set Project and is supported by Good Thinking. It’s FREE to sign up and all the materials we offer are also FREE.

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Parallelogram

The Parallel Project was devised as an add-on for the Top-Top Set Project and is supported by Good Thinking. It’s FREE to sign up and all the materials we offer are also FREE.

Every week, you'll receive a new Parallelogram (a collection of maths challenges). The pilot will run for four weeks, ending on 22 July.

Origin: late 16th century: from French parallélogramme, via late Latin from Greek parallēlogrammon, from parallēlos ‘alongside another’ + grammē ‘line’.
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈlɛləɡram/

  1. a four-sided plane rectilinear figure with opposite sides parallel.
  2. a portmanteau word combining parallel and telegram. A message containing mischievous maths problems sent each week by the Parallel Project to bright young mathematicians.

The next Parallelogram (#4) starts at 4pm on Friday 21 July. Meanwhile, you can still submit answers to the previous Parallelograms, or see your scores and the correct solutions.