How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
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?
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?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle
contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100
squares? Can you find them all?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an
unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can
you make? Convince us you have found them all.
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 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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to
place them on the grid.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5
grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand
point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square 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.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
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.
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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 task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
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?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.