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?
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same 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. . . .
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
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.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
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?
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.
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 letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
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?
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?"
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school
playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary