# Curiosity

## Squares, Roots, and Negative Numbers

(New questions of the week) Two recent questions (five days apart, from high school students in different countries) were about nearly the same thing, and fit nicely together: What do you get when you square a square root, or take the square root of a square, but don’t know the sign of the number ahead …

## Experimenting with Triangles and Circles

(A new question of the week) I intended to fit three problems into last week’s post, but the third was too interesting to shorten, so I’m posting it separately. The problem itself is not hard, but in looking for a more direct solution, we extend it, discovering (through geometry software) more general facts, which lead …

## Hilbert’s Cookie Jar: Little Kids, Big Ideas

(A new question of the week) I enjoy getting questions from young children, as we did here. It forces us to try to express big ideas in simple words (or at least help their parents or teachers do so). A frequent subject of those questions is infinity – they seem fascinated by this concept, perhaps …

## A Challenging Geometry Problem

(A new problem of the week) We usually look here at problems or concepts that are relatively basic and generally applicable; that could give a wrong impression of the kinds of questions we get. Here I want to show a recent example of a discussion about a problem, related to a geometric figure called the …