An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
Seventy pupils (37 boys and 33 girls) are divided into two groups, with forty pupils in Group 1 and 30 pupils in Group 2. How many more boys are there in Group 1 than there are girls in Group 2?
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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.View the archive of all weekly problems grouped by curriculum topic