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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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....?
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
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?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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 put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
A simulation of target archery practice
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.