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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between 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.
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 given as sums of entries.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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. . . .
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.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
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.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
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.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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?
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
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.
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?
This Sudoku problem consists of a pair of linked standard Suduko puzzles each with some starting digits
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 requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.