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.

Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.

How is the length of time between the birth of an animal and the birth of its great great ... great grandparent distributed?

Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and record your findings in truth tables.

Edward Wallace based his A Level Statistics Project on The Mean Game. Each picks 2 numbers. The winner is the player who picks a number closest to the mean of all the numbers picked.

PhysNRICH is the area of the StemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of physics

First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to eat chocolate. Multiply this number by 2...

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?

A brief video explaining the idea of a mathematical knot.

Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.

The shortest path between any two points on a snooker table is the straight line between them but what if the ball must bounce off one wall, or 2 walls, or 3 walls?

This article for students introduces the idea of naming knots using numbers. You'll need some paper and something to write with handy!

In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including. . . .

Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money?

How many eggs should a bird lay to maximise the number of chicks that will hatch? An introduction to optimisation.

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

bioNRICH is the area of the stemNRICH site devoted to the mathematics underlying the study of the biological sciences, designed to help develop the mathematics required to get the most from your. . . .

This is the section of stemNRICH devoted to the advanced applied mathematics underlying the study of the sciences at higher levels

A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament?

How do these modelling assumption affect the solutions?

Why MUST these statistical statements probably be at least a little bit wrong?

See how differential equations might be used to make a realistic model of a system containing predators and their prey.

Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

Sixth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

An advanced mathematical exploration supporting our series of articles on population dynamics for advanced students.

This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Fifth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Fourth in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

How do scores on dice and factors of polynomials relate to each other?

First in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Second in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

Third in our series of problems on population dynamics for advanced students.

This problem opens a major sequence of activities on the mathematics of population dynamics for advanced students.

Explore the transformations and comment on what you find.

An account of how mathematics is used in computer games including geometry, vectors, transformations, 3D graphics, graph theory and simulations.

Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .

This is about a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and how to solve it using a computer program.

Can you find the lap times of the two cyclists travelling at constant speeds?

At what positions and speeds can the bomb be dropped to destroy the dam?

If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.

To win on a scratch card you have to uncover three numbers that add up to more than fifteen. What is the probability of winning a prize?

At Holborn underground station there is a very long escalator. Two people are in a hurry and so climb the escalator as it is moving upwards, thus adding their speed to that of the moving steps. . . .

You have two bags, four red balls and four white balls. You must put all the balls in the bags although you are allowed to have one bag empty. How should you distribute the balls between the two. . . .

The builders have dug a hole in the ground to be filled with concrete for the foundations of our garage. How many cubic metres of ready-mix concrete should the builders order to fill this hole to. . . .

The probability that a passenger books a flight and does not turn up is 0.05. For an aeroplane with 400 seats how many tickets can be sold so that only 1% of flights are over-booked?

The third installment in our series on the shape of astronomical systems, this article explores galaxies and the universe beyond our solar system.

The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.

This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.