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. . . .
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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?
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.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just
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 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?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
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?"
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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?
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?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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. . . .
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100
tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for
adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use
the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to
generate it with just one number used twice.