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.
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the
animal names under each column in the block graph using the
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
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.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?