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...
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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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?
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. . . .
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?"
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
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.
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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!
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?
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.
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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
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?
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?