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. . . .
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.
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!?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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 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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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?
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.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the
product of first hundred positive integers?
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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.
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?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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?"
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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?
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?
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...
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
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
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines
differ in length by one (a white rod)
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. . . .
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
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.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?