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?
What is the smallest number of letters that need to be removed from the word DISCOVER so that the remaining letters are in alphabetical order?
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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.