AlgebragonsFind the missing expressions in these partly completed algebraic arithmagon puzzles. 
Complete the algebragons. The expressions in the rectangles are the products of the monomial expressions in the adjacent circles. Use the ^ key to type in an exponent or index. Type in your answers in descending powers of \(x\) without using brackets.
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Arithmagons  The same sort of puzzle but with numbers not algebra.
Level 1  The expressions in the rectangles are the sums of the linear expressions in the adjacent circles.
Level 2  The expressions in the rectangles are the sums of the linear and quadratic expressions in the adjacent circles.
Level 3  The expressions in the rectangles are the products of the monomial expressions in the adjacent circles.
Level 4  The expressions in the rectangles are the products of the binomial expressions in the adjacent circles.
Level 5  The expressions in the rectangles are the products of the mixed (including fractions) expressions in the adjacent circles.
Fractionagons  Different topic, same structure.
More Algebra including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and selfmarking exercises.
Use the ^ key to type in a power or index then the right arrow or tab key to end the power.
For example: Type 3x^2 to get 3x^{2}.
Use the forward slash / to type a fraction then the right arrow or tab key to end the fraction.
For example: Type 1/2 to get ½.
Fractions should be given in their lowest terms.
Use brackets if the numerator has more than one term.
Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can doubleclick the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.
Answers to this exercise are available lower down this page when you are logged in to your Transum account. If you don’t yet have a Transum subscription one can be very quickly set up if you are a teacher, tutor or parent.
Here are some suggestions for how you may solve the puzzles in which only the three expressions in the rectangles are given (the last question in levels three and above):
Replace 'sum' with 'product' if the operation is multiplication.
This was found by Ann Roberts, a Transum subscriber, who wrote with this method of solving an arithmagon with 18, 15 and 11 in the rectangles. It also works for algebraic expressions.
These exercises use MathQuill, a web formula editor designed to make typing Maths easy and beautiful. Watch the animation below to see how common mathematical notation can be created using your keyboard.
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