This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which
there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged
to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .
Four rods of equal length are hinged at their endpoints to form a
rhombus. The diagonals meet at X. One edge is fixed, the opposite
edge is allowed to move in the plane. Describe the locus of. . . .
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of
words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when
you count the letters in each word?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.
Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on
each diagonal. What do you notice?
What happens to the perimeter of triangle ABC as the two smaller
circles change size and roll around inside the bigger circle?
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your
region or how to set up your own.
Investigate and explain the patterns that you see from recording
just the units digits of numbers in the times tables.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
A introduction to how patterns can be deceiving, and what is and is not a proof.
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to
ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the
latest developments and questions.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems
give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical
concepts and skills. Read here for more information.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Use the information about the ducks on a particular farm to find
out which of the statements about them must be true.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Charlie has created a mapping. Can you figure out what it does?
What questions does it prompt you to ask?
Take any whole number between 1 and 999, add the squares of the
digits to get a new number. Make some conjectures about what
happens in general.
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?