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.
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...
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?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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?
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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. . . .
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
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?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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
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.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
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?
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.
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.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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.
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?