Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Written for teachers, this article discusses mathematical
representations and takes, in the second part of the article,
examples of reception children's own representations.
In how many ways can a pound (value 100 pence) be changed into some combination of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pence coins?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2
or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
You are organising a school trip and you need to write a letter to
parents to let them know about the day. Use the cards to gather all
the information you need.
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Looking at the 2008 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?
This activity challenges you to decide on the 'best' number to use
in each statement. You may need to do some estimating, some
calculating and some research.
When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the
answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is
represented by an "x" .
The machine I use to produce Braille messages is faulty and one of the pins that makes a raised dot is not working. I typed a short message in Braille. Can you work out what it really says?
Investigate polygons with all the vertices on the lattice points of
a grid. For each polygon, work out the area A, the number B of
points on the boundary and the number of points (I) inside. . . .
This investigation is about happy numbers in the World of the Octopus where all numbers are written in base 8 ... Find all the fixed points and cycles for the happy number sequences in base 8.
Imagine a machine with four coloured lights which respond to different rules. Can you find the smallest possible number which will make all four colours light up?
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and
rows adds up to 8
There are exactly 3 ways to add 4 odd numbers to get 10. Find all
the ways of adding 8 odd numbers to get 20. To be sure of getting
all the solutions you will need to be systematic. What about. . . .
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Did you know that ancient traditional mazes often tell a story? Remembering the story helps you to draw the maze.
In how many distinct ways can six islands be joined by bridges so that each island can be reached from every other island...
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
Suppose you are a bellringer. Can you find the changes so that,
starting and ending with a round, all the 24 possible permutations
are rung once each and only once?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
You may like to read the article on Morse code before attempting
this question. Morse's letter analysis was done over 150 years ago,
so might there be a better allocation of symbols today?
Blue Flibbins are so jealous of their red partners that they will
not leave them on their own with any other bue Flibbin. What is the
quickest way of getting the five pairs of Flibbins safely to. . . .
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
In a league of 5 football teams which play in a round robin
tournament show that it is possible for all five teams to be league
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
A random ramble for teachers through some resources that might add a little life to a statistics class.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy
pyramid whose top number is 200.
Can you draw the shape that is being described by these cards?
The graph represents a salesman’s area of activity with the
shops that the salesman must visit each day. What route around the
shops has the minimum total distance?
Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.
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.
After some matches were played, most of the information in the
table containing the results of the games was accidentally deleted.
What was the score in each match played?
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and
two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
A manager of a forestry company has to decide which trees to plant.
What strategy for planting and felling would you recommend to the
manager in order to maximise the profit?
Three teams have each played two matches. The table gives the total
number points and goals scored for and against each team. Fill in
the table and find the scores in the three matches.
Baker, Cooper, Jones and Smith are four people whose occupations
are teacher, welder, mechanic and programmer, but not necessarily
in that order. What is each person’s occupation?