Find the positive integer solutions of the equation (1+1/a)(1+1/b)(1+1/c) = 2
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?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest.
Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd
one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?
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.
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.
Given a set of points (x,y) with distinct x values, find a polynomial that goes through all of them, then prove some results about the existence and uniqueness of these polynomials.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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?
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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
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.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the
nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that
the amount in each ring is the same?
Show there are exactly 12 magic labellings of the Magic W using the
numbers 1 to 9. Prove that for every labelling with a magic total T
there is a corresponding labelling with a magic total 30-T.
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.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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. . . .
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
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 function pyramid is a structure where each entry in the pyramid is determined by the two entries below it. Can you figure out how the pyramid is generated?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
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?
What is the smallest perfect square that ends with the four digits
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Can you swap the black knights with the white knights in the minimum number of moves?