What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
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?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A monkey with peaches, keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long can his peaches last?
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
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?
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?
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....?
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.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.