During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
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?
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of
this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use
numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a
quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs
exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how
many lemons there are?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
When I type a sequence of letters my calculator gives the product
of all the numbers in the corresponding memories. What numbers
should I store so that when I type 'ONE' it returns 1, and when I
type. . . .
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone
numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a
sequence adding 2 each time?
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?
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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 happening at each box in these machines?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the
divisors is 331776.
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.
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?
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?
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?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?