The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?
You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest.
Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd
one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?
A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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.
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 is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
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.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
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?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter
of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to
Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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. . . .
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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. . . .
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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. . . .
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?