Maths Puzzles for the Summer Holidays
It’s time to put your feet up – the summer holidays are finally here, and you are more than ready for an extremely well-deserved rest.
So grab a cup of tea and have a go at one of these maths puzzles! Who ever said that solving maths problems was just for your pupils?
1. Chalkdust Prize Crossnumber
Win £100 if you can solve this tricky crossnumber posted by the Chalkdust team.
2. Liverpool Maths Society Open Problems
These Open Problems are aimed at Sixth-formers, but are certainly challenging enough for a teacher on their holidays.
3. Buy a Martin Gardner Book of Puzzles
The late Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is considered to be the king of recreational mathematics.
4. Radio 4 Puzzles for Today
Tune in each day to the Radio 4 Puzzles for Today, or just scroll through their archive. A few of these puzzles have been set by Bobby Seagull, a member of the Maths Scholarships Alumni!
5. Reader’s Digest Maths Riddles
If you love a riddle then take a look at these Reader’s Digest Maths Riddles.
If you really do love a riddle then riddles.com will be for you. Many are not particularly ‘maths riddles’, however there is a maths section you can look at.
The National Museum of Mathematics in New York has a number of puzzles and activities.
8. Mathigon Puzzles
Mathigon is an interactive maths textbook which has a problems and puzzles section.
9. Maths is Fun
The Maths is Fun Website has pages on Maths and Logic Puzzles.
10. Erdős conjecture on arithmetic progressions – win $5000 dollars
Paul Erdős was a prolific and also eccentric Hungarian mathematician who offered small cash prizes for unsolved maths problems. If you are looking for a tricky challenge, try to solve the Erdős conjecture on arithmetic progressions and win $5000 dollars. If this feels a bit too difficult then you could instead read the biography of Paul Erdős: ‘The man who loved only numbers’ by Paul Hoffman.
By Hazel Lewis