How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Use the clues to colour each square.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's,
using rods that are identical?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two
ladybirds in every column and every row.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls
and donkeys on the wheel.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you