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?

Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.

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?"

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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?

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

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

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?

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.

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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...

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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.

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?

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

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

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative 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?

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

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 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?

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?

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?

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 idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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?

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.

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

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

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.

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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