Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of
adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain
why and prove it?
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.
Can. . . .
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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. . . .
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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.
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?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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...
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.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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?
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.
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
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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. . . .
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?