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?
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.
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.
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?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
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?
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...
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" .
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.
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.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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.
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the 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.
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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.
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?
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 game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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.
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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. . . .
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines
differ in length by one (a white rod)
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. . . .
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.
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
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.