Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and
once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of
the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3
digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits
you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of
adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain
why and prove it?
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a
factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and
16 is a factor of 48.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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?
What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of
problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made
it gives access to many similar ideas.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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...
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . .
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?