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?"

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.

In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?

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. . . .

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?

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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?

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.

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

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?

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

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?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

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.

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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.

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?

Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?

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. . . .

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?

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?

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 sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

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...

Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?

Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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?

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

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.