Find an integer n such that 2^22+2^33+2^n is a square number

This was just one of the many perplexing questions that our Maths team comprising of Ben Watson, James Hooper, Justin Zhao and Tony Zhang had to answer when they took part in the National Finals of the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge on Tuesday 4 February.

The boys, who won the regional finals of the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge at the end of last term, were keen to flex their Maths muscles once again – this time as one of just 88 schools in the country who made it through to the final held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

The competition gives students the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while also developing their teamwork and communication skills.

Head of Mathematics Ms Rebecca Jackson said, “The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they performed especially well in the Crossnumber round where they almost achieved full marks. The team were placed in 34th position on the day, which placed them in the top 2.8% of schools that entered. Huge congratulations to the boys on an amazing result.”

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