There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.