How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines
differ in length by one (a white rod)
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
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
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. . . .
Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is
multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square
115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?
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.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the
product of three positive integers?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the
product of first hundred positive integers?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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. . . .
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
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 largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587,
3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find
the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the
first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the
following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more
factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Each letter represents a different positive digit
AHHAAH / JOKE = HA
What are the values of each of the letters?
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?
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. 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?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the
divisors is 331776.
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.
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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?
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
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?
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. . . .
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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 remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 =