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?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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...
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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 NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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?"
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.
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.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
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?
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?
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.
Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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?
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?
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.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
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?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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 out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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?