A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?
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?
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.
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.
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?
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 numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
6! = 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. The highest power of 2 that divides exactly into 6! is 4 since (6!) / (2^4 ) = 45. What is the highest power of two that divides exactly into 100!?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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?
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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.
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. . . .
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...
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
"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 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 graphs.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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?
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. . . .
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?