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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
A Sudoku with a twist.
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....?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
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?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
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.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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?
In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.