What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16
pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these
pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
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.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the
numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more
and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?