Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.

This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

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. . . .

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

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?

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.

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

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

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 the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

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?

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

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...

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

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

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?

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

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

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.

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

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

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?

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

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.

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

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

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.

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. . . .

Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)

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 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?

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

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

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

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?

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