Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What
movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of
procedures will help - variables not essential.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where
you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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?
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the
animal names under each column in the block graph using the
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles
using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What
other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel
along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the
shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
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.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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.
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?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on
wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works
using the table of the alphabet?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
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?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape
of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get
from Planet A to Planet Zargon?