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?
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...
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.
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 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.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?"
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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. . . .
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
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.
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
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?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
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?
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?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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.
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.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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 Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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. . . .