Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
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
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. . . .
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit
number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and
only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product.
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A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
Take any two digit number, for example 58. What do you have to do to reverse the order of the digits? Can you find a rule for reversing the order of digits for any two digit number?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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...
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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.
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?