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

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?

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

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

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?

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...

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

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.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

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

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.

If: A + C = A; F x D = F; B - G = G; A + H = E; B / H = G; E - G = F and A-H represent the numbers from 0 to 7 Find the values of A, B, C, D, E, F and H.

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

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

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

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?

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

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. . . .

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

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

The diagram illustrates the formula: 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n - 1) = n² Use the diagram to show that any odd number is the difference of two 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. . . .

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

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

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

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

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

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

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

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

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.

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?

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

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

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?