There are 130 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Working systematically, you may find related items under Thinking Mathematically.Broad Topics > Thinking Mathematically > Working systematically
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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?
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
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?
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
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.
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...
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
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?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?