Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just
like the one I have here?
Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these
three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which
seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the
foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
An AP rectangle is one whose area is numerically equal to its perimeter. If you are given the length of a side can you always find an AP rectangle with one side the given length?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she
does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are
the three numbers Jo had to start with?”
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
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.
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Take any whole number between 1 and 999, add the squares of the
digits to get a new number. Make some conjectures about what
happens in general.
Draw a square. A second square of the same size slides around the
first always maintaining contact and keeping the same orientation.
How far does the dot travel?
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.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other.
What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
Explore the effect of combining enlargements.
Can you tangle yourself up and reach any fraction?
It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with
a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a
layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?