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?
An athlete covers three consecutive miles by walking the first mile, running the second mile and cycling the third. He runs twice as fast as he walks, and he cycles one and a half times as fast as he runs. He takes ten minutes longer than he would do if he cycled the three miles. How long does he take by walking, running and cycling?
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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.View the archive of all weekly problems grouped by curriculum topic