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?"
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
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.
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?
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
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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 five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?