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?
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 Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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.
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. . . .
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?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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 smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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?
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
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.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more
and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost 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!
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?