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?"
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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.
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.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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 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?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
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...
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
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?
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?
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?