Many topics are part of the trigonometric/sinusoidal/circular functions, such as the sine, cosine, and tangent. Much is illustrated at sine. This contrasts with areas where something can be simply-stated but unsolved, e.g.:

Take a whole number (a positive integer). Cut it in half if it is even, triple it and add one if it is odd.

A source on this, Lagarias, J., * American Mathematical Monthly*** 92** (1985), 3-23, has:

*"The conjecture is ultimately
periodic for all n and such that there is only one final cycle 1 -> 4 -> 2 -> 1."
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No one knows: this hasn't been resolved.

The city of Königsberg now Kaliningrad, Russia was on both sides of the
Pregel River. It iincluded two large islands, connected to each other,
or to the two mainland portions of the city, by seven bridges. The
problem to devise a walk through the city that would cross each of those
bridges once and only once was resolved by Euler, who proved that the
problem has no solution.

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