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    KenKen® at the Math Forum

In collaboration with Nextoy®, the Math Forum at NCTM is offering a KenKenĀ® Puzzle collection. KenKenĀ® is a number puzzle that is related to Sudoku, but even more mathematical.
    Year Game

Use the digits in the current year and the operations +, -, x, ÷, ^ (raised to a power), sqrt (square root), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100. This year we will also allow the use of decimal points and double-digit numbers. You may use the digits in any order.
    Financial Education Problems of the Week

These financial literacy word problems (K-12) are aligned to both sets of national financial literacy standards as well as the content and mathematical practices standards of the CCSSM. View also the problems (freely) available within the Financial Education in the Math Classroom area of our site.
    Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)

These challenges are modeled on The Math Forum's Problems of the Week and take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as spreadsheets, Java applets, The Geometer's Sketchpad®, Fathom™, TI-Nspire™ and more.
    Macalester College Problems of the Week

Stan Wagon, a professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, poses a mathematics problem to his students every week. The problems are meant to be accessible to first-year college students, so very little background is needed to understand or solve them.

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    ABACUS International Math Challenge - Grace Church School

The ABACUS International Math Challenge is open to students in three categories (grades 3-4/ages 9-10; 5-6/ages 11-12; 7-8/ages 13-14), with 8 problems posed each month. The challenge begins in September and ends in April. It originated with the ABACUS Math Challenge started 5 years ago in Hungary by Sándor Róka, for students in grades 4-8.
    AP Calculus Problem of the Week - Mr. Kelley

A problem of the week that ran from 1998-2003 and is now running again in 2011-2012 designed to help in studying for the AP Calculus Exam.
    Coffee Hour Problem of the Week

Download PDFs of classic and "found" problems, as well as original challenges, in number theory, logical reasoning, statistics, calculus, geometry, and algebra.
    Dan Meyer's Three-Act Math Tasks

Applied math problems using a three-act task structure.
    Dan's math@home Problem of the Week

A challenging, puzzling, no-calculus, weekly contest problem to test your skills.
    Good Riddles' Math Riddles

Riddles from Trevor Zablocki, rated by difficulty and popularity.
    The Handley Math Page

David Pleacher posted Problems of the Week in his classroom every week since 1968, and posted them online—with solutions and names of students who correctly solved them—from 1998 until his retirement in 2006.

Manipulations and lessons from NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).
    Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
    Internet Math Challenge

A weekly K-12 math challenge from the math department at the University of Idaho, discontinued in 2004. Past puzzles and solutions are available.
    Just-Network's Math Riddles

Math riddles and short stumpers, with answers.
    Ken Duisenberg's Puzzle of the Week

A weekly puzzle for advanced high school or college level, with a math, geometry, or game focus. The problems are easy to understand but tricky to solve. An archive of previous problems and solutions is included, together with a list of other puzzle sites Ken has enjoyed visiting.
    Korespondenční seminář

A correspondence seminar intended for high school students and run by the students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the Charles' University in Prague. There is a new set of problems about once a month. Available in English and Czech.
    The Little Math Puzzles

Weekly puzzles posted to Canada's SchoolNet Listserv, intended to be an Internet icebreaker activity for a wide range of classrooms. Inspired by The Great Canadian Trivia Contest, these puzzles are designed for students in grades 5 through 10 and usually have a Canadian context. In English and French, with an archive of past puzzles.
    MAA Math Club Problem Database

The AMC (American Mathematics Competitions) problems included in the Math Club packages have been compiled in this database, in categories based on NCTM standards.

Featuring lessons that teach standards-based math through real-world topics that students care about.

Featuring a Problem of the Week contest, with archive, of current-events-based math problems. Also includes warm-ups and workouts, problem solving strategies, extended activities, algebraic reasoning, and a contest for submission of creative math problems.
    White House Kids

Type in a numerical answer to the Elementary, Middle, or High School Problems, as well as to the Open Challenge, and the site checks it for you.
Past problems also available with interactive answer-checking.
    Mathematics Assessment Project

The Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP) aims to bring to life the Common Core State Standards (CCSSM) in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities. MAP is a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The team works with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and school systems across the US and UK to develop improved assessment.
    Mathematics Problem Challenge - William P. Wardlaw, Mathematics Department, United States Naval

Challenging problems in calculus, probability, geometry, and other topics. Browse the archives for web pages and .txt files of this challenge, which ran periodically between 1998 and 2003.
    Math Magic - Erich Friedman

A site devoted to original mathematical recreations. If you have a math puzzle, discovery, or observation, you are invited to e-mail the author. You can also submit answers to the problem of the month; questions and solutions are archived. Examples include: Divisor Chains; Integer Square Tilings; Angle Frequencies; Disconnected Polyominoes; Average Arrays; Convex Spectra; Surround Numbers; Palindrome Products, Fairy Chess Endgames, and Rectangles in Squares.
    Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Moody's Mega Math Challenge (M3 Challenge) is an applied mathematics competition for high school students.
    NRICH Maths, Univ. of Cambridge Weekly Problem
Problems from the NRICH Online Maths Club. Past problems are archived in the Resource Bank. Each problem has a symbol indicating the stage, which tells you how little or how much mathematics you need to know to solve the problem but is no indication of its difficulty. The five stages correspond to ages 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16-18, and indicate that students in the UK normally meet the maths required during that key stage.
    Park Mathematics

An independent school in Baltimore that developed their own secondary curriculum based around habits of mind. They'll send you PDFs on request.
    PCMI: Problem Sets from the Developing Mathematics Course

Daily problem sets used in the Secondary School Teachers Program developing mathematics courses at Park City Mathematics Institute since 2001.
    Phillips Exeter Academy

Problem sets used in the mathematics curriculum at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.
    Problem Corner - Les Reid; Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)

High School, Advanced, and Challenge problems, updated monthly.High School: solutions are not solicited, although feedback is appreciated. Each month, the solution to the previous month's problem is posted, along with the names of high school students who have solved it (names to be submitted by teachers). Advanced: problems that assume some college-level mathematics, typically calculus, but occasionally higher-level courses. Challenge: this page does not presuppose a knowledge of college-level mathematics, but the problems posed tend to be of a more challenging nature. Solutions are solicited. At the advanced and challenge levels, solutions are solicited and the names of those solving the puzzle are posted monthly along with one solution.
    Problem of the Week - Purdue University

A panel in the Mathematics Department publishes a challenging problem once a week and invites college and pre-college students, faculty, and staff to submit solutions.
    Problem of the Week - U.S. Military Academy

A current college-level Problem of the Week, with links to past problems and solutions, a project of the Pi Mu Episilon chapter of the United States Military Academy. MathCad or Word are needed to view past problems and solutions.
    Project Euler

Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems.
    The Art of Problem Solving

A math problem solving curriculum including a video library.
    The Quantum CyberTeaser - National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

A bimonthly problem posed online from 1995-2001 by Quantum, the math and science magazine.
    Saint Ann's School Problem of the Week

A new word problem, math challenge, or other puzzle posted each week since November, 2008, with student acknowledgements to follow.
    Saxon Publishers' Math Enrichment Problems

Grade-specific enrichment problems and even more challenging Math Stumpers.
    Stella's Stunners

More than 600 non-routine mathematics problems named in honor of the Dutch baroness Ecaterina Elizabeth van Heemsvloet tot Schattenberg. Each collection in the Stella Library contains five subsets, one for each course of Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.
    Weekly Problem - Julien Santini, France

Download PDFs of one high school and one college-level problem every week.
    Yummy Math - Brian Marks and Leslie Lewis

Topical math activities that relate to happenings in our world. PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets have offered prompts and tables on topics ranging from the oil spill in the gulf to the Academy Awards; from the Super Bowl to the Chilean mine rescue; from March Madness to American Idol.

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