Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
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?
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.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
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?
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
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?
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?
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?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
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!
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!
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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. . . .
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.