Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls
and donkeys on the wheel.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.