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LOGO Challenge - Sequences and Pentagrams

Age 11 to 18
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Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

LOGO Challenge - Following On

Age 11 to 18
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Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

LOGO Challenge - Pentagram Pylons

Age 11 to 18
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Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

LOGO Challenge - the Logic of LOGO

Age 11 to 16
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Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

Difference Dynamics

Age 14 to 18
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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?

Bent Out of Shape

Age 14 to 18
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An introduction to bond angle geometry.

LCM Sudoku II

Age 11 to 18
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You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

Medal Muddle

Age 11 to 14
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Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

Colour Islands Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 18
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In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.

Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Age 7 to 14
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Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Pole Star Sudoku

Age 14 to 18
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A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

Problem Solving, Using and Applying and Functional Mathematics

Age 5 to 18
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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.

Constellation Sudoku

Age 14 to 18
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Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.

Triangles to Tetrahedra

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

Corresponding Sudokus

Age 11 to 18

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

More on Mazes

Age 7 to 14

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.

LOGO Challenge - Triangles-squares-stars

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Special Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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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?

The Best Card Trick?

Age 11 to 16
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Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

Sociable Cards

Age 11 to 14
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Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?

Phiddlywinks - a Tribute to John Conway

Age 7 to 18

Read this article to find out more about the inspiration for NRICH's game, Phiddlywinks.

Crossing the Bridge

Age 11 to 18
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Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

Twin Corresponding Sudoku

Age 11 to 18
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This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

Olympic Logic

Age 11 to 16
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Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

Troublesome Triangles

Age 7 to 14
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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. . . .

Twin Chute-swapping Sudoku

Age 14 to 18
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A pair of Sudokus with lots in common. In fact they are the same problem but rearranged. Can you find how they relate to solve them both?

I've Submitted a Solution - What Next?

Age 5 to 18

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

Gabriel's Problem

Age 11 to 14
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Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16
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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Spot the Card

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Isosceles Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Fence It

Age 11 to 14
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If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Integrated Sums Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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. . . .

An Introduction to Magic Squares

Age 7 to 16

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

Inky Cube

Age 7 to 14
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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?

Add to 200

Age 11 to 14
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By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?

Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow...

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Ratio Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Intersection Sudoku 1

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with a twist.

Quadruple Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

Difference Sudoku

Age 14 to 16
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Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

Magnetic Personality

Age 7 to 16
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60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Charitable Pennies

Age 7 to 14
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Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

Age 11 to 16
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This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Cinema Problem

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Neighbourly Addition

Age 7 to 14
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I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

Ben's Game

Age 11 to 16
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Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 14
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In this game you are challenged to gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent.

Making a Difference

Age 11 to 14
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How many different differences can you make?

Binomial Coefficients

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.