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?
"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 ...?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Benâ€™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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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 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?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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.
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?
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.
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 find?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
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.
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. . . .
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could
easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always
have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?
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?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 =