Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .

Find the smallest positive integer N such that N/2 is a perfect cube, N/3 is a perfect fifth power and N/5 is a perfect seventh power.

Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

Factorial one hundred (written 100!) has 24 noughts when written in full and that 1000! has 249 noughts? Convince yourself that the above is true. Perhaps your methodology will help you find the. . . .

Data is sent in chunks of two different sizes - a yellow chunk has 5 characters and a blue chunk has 9 characters. A data slot of size 31 cannot be exactly filled with a combination of yellow and. . . .

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

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

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

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

Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .

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

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?

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

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

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

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

This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.

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

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?

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

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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

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

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.

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

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?

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

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. . . .

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.

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

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

What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?

Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, mulitply a two two digit numbers are multiplied to give a four digit number, so that the expression is correct. How many different solutions can you find?

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.