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Different by One

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

Data Chunks

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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. . . .

Factoring a Million

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

Transposition Cipher

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

Product Sudoku 2

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

Phew I'm Factored

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Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.

Powerful Factorial

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6! = 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. The highest power of 2 that divides exactly into 6! is 4 since (6!) / (2^4 ) = 45. What is the highest power of two that divides exactly into 100!?

LCM Sudoku

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

Factorial

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How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?

What a Joke

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

Counting Cogs

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

Sieve of Eratosthenes

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

Multiplication Equation Sudoku

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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.

Factoring Factorials

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

Inclusion Exclusion

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

Gaxinta

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A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

Thirty Six Exactly

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

Multiplication Magic

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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). . . .

Expenses

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What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Squaresearch

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Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?

Ewa's Eggs

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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?

Remainders

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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?

Substitution Transposed

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

Factors and Multiples - Secondary Resources

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

Oh! Hidden Inside?

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Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

AB Search

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

Times Right

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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?

Missing Multipliers

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

Eminit

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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?

Remainder

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

LCM Sudoku II

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

Big Powers

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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.

Divisively So

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

Digat

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What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

One to Eight

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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.

Diggits

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

Two Much

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

Cuboids

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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?

X Marks the Spot

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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" .

Stars

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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?

What Numbers Can We Make?

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

Even So

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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?

Common Divisor

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

Mathematical Swimmer

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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. . . .

A Biggy

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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.

Shifting Times Tables

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Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?

The Remainders Game

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A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Factor Track

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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.