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.
Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an
unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can
you make? Convince us you have found them all.
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
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?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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?
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 extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
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?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
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?
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?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.