An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
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.
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.
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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?
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.