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?!
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?
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.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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.
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!
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
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?
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?
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!
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime
numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.