If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
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.
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?
In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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 draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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.
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 in them?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?