Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six
times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross
the times table too?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go
round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 =
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, mulitply a two two
digit numbers are multiplied to give a four digit number, so that
the expression is correct. How many different solutions can you
The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?