Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? 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?

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

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?

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?

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?

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?

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

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.

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? 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. . . .

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

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.

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?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

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?

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?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?