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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the
product of their differences will always be an even number?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587,
3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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...
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. . . .
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
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.
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
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?
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.
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. . . .
There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and
two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?
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?
What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the
highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?
The number 2.525252525252.... can be written as a fraction. What is
the sum of the denominator and numerator?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed
and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square.
What is the 2-digit number?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the
vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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?
A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?
Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...
A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a
room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest
distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one.
Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is
special about your results.
All CD Heaven stores were given the same number of a popular CD to
sell for £24. In their two week sale each store reduces the
price of the CD by 25% ... How many CDs did the store sell at. . . .
In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?