Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?

Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?

Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.

Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?

The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is the sum of the denominator and numerator?

Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product. Can. . . .

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

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?

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .

Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?