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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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. . . .
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. . . .
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
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?
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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...
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
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.
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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 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.
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.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
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.
A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
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
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?