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.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it
using a computer program.
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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?
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.
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?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this 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?
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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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. . . .
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Find the positive integer solutions of the equation (1+1/a)(1+1/b)(1+1/c) = 2
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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.
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
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 sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
What is the smallest perfect square that ends with the four digits
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.
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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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.
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.