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?
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 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.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a
triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word
ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
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?
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 find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
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?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?