A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to
place them on the grid.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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.
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
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?
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?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be
created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square
lattice paper to record your results.
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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 letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a
triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word
ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and
multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the
difference between these products. Why?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are
palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.