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

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

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

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. . . .

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

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

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 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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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?

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.

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

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.

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

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

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

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...

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

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

Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14. Take the larger number, fourteen, and count up in 14s. Then divide each of those values by the 9, and look at the remainders.

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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

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.

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. . . .

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?"

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.

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?

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

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?

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

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