How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
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?
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.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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.
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?
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?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
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?
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?
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two?
How about three, four or six?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain
which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with
the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50
times. What is the value of the digit M?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to
generate it with just one number used twice.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?