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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a
triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word
ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
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?"
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?