Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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...
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
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?"
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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?
in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?
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.
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?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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.
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?
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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?
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?