Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles.
Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4,
5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier
than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two
weighings of the balance?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
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.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter
of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to
Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
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?
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.
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.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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 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?