Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
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?
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?
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?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
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 planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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.
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. . . .
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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?
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. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
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
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.
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.
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?
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?