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?
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.
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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?
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?"
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.
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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. . . .
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.
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?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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?
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.