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?
Four wiggles are the same as three woggles; two woggles are the same as five waggles, and six waggles are the same as one wuggle. Which is the smallest:
1 wuggle, 2 woggles, 3 waggles or 4 wiggles, or is there more than one with the same value?
If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.
This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.View the archive of all weekly problems grouped by curriculum topic