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.
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
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.
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?
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
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.
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. . . .
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.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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...
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.