This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it
using a computer program.
It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15
with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning
and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?
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.
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What
movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of
procedures will help - variables not essential.
Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top,
put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you
predict the last card?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where
you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Can you swap the black knights with the white knights in the minimum number of moves?
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.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
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.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
This Sudoku problem consists of a pair of linked standard Suduko puzzles each with some starting digits
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
A pair of Sudokus with lots in common. In fact they are the same problem but rearranged. Can you find how they relate to solve them both?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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. . . .
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
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.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?