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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Working systematically

Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

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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.

Introducing NRICH TWILGO

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We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?

LOGO Challenge - Following On

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Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

LCM Sudoku II

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You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

LOGO Challenge - Triangles-squares-stars

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Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

Ratio Sudoku 3

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A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.

You Owe Me Five Farthings, Say the Bells of St Martin's

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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?

Product Sudoku 2

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Oranges and Lemons, Say the Bells of St Clement's

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Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.

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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.

Bochap Sudoku

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This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.

Rectangle Outline Sudoku

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Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

Constellation Sudoku

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Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.

Colour in the Square

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Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

Integrated Sums Sudoku

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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. . . .

Product Doubles Sudoku

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Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

Corresponding Sudokus

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

Colour Islands Sudoku 2

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In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.

Product Sudoku

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The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Ratio Sudoku 1

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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

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This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Cinema Problem

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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.

LOGO Challenge - Sequences and Pentagrams

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Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

Magnetic Personality

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60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

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Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow....

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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?

Ratio Sudoku 2

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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Intersection Sudoku 1

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A Sudoku with a twist.

Latin Squares

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

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.

Twin Line-swapping Sudoku

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A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

Integrated Product Sudoku

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This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.

Multiplication Equation Sudoku

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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.

Wallpaper Sudoku

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A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Magic Caterpillars

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Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.

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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.

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You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Pole Star Sudoku 2

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This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?

Rainstorm Sudoku

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Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

Twin Corresponding Sudoku III

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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Equation Sudoku

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Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

Instant Insanity

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Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

Alphabetti Sudoku

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This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.

Sandwiches

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Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and between the two 3's there are three digits.

All-variables Sudoku

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The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

9 Weights

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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?

Plum Tree

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Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!

Intersection Sums Sudoku

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A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Tetrahedra Tester

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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?

When Will You Pay Me? Say the Bells of Old Bailey

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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?