Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
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.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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?
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.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.
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.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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?
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. . . .
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
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?
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 challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.