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 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.

Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

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?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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?

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

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. . . .

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?

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

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?

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?

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?

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?

Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.

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?

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?

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.

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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?

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

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.

Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

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

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.

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

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

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?

Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

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

Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

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.

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?

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

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.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

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?