Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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.
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?