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?

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?

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.

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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.

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?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.

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.

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?

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?

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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?

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?

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

I added together some of my neighbours house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

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.

in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?

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?

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?

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?

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?

Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.