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

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

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?

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

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?

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

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

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.

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

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

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?

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. . . .

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...

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

If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

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.

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

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. . . .

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

A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?

Which set of numbers that add to 10 have the largest product?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

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

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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

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

An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

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

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

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

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?