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

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. . . .

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

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?

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

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. . . .

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

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

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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?

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.

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

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

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 factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.

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

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.

Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

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?

How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

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

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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

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?

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.

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

In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?

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

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?

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

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?

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 power.

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

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?

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?

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