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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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 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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different 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.
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.
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?
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.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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?
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?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent 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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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...
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
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?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
A Sudoku with a twist.