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
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines
differ in length by one (a white rod)
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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. . . .
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. . . .
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?"
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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.
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 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?
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.
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 machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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.
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.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?
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...
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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 work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
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?
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.
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
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?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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.
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?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Each letter represents a different positive digit
AHHAAH / JOKE = HA
What are the values of each of the letters?
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. . . .
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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 number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?