An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
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?
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?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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...
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
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.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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?
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.
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?
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. . . .
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this