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.
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?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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?"
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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 NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
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.
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.
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
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.
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?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
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.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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 your logic?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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?
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
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.
Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku