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

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

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?

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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

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

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?"

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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

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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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?

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?

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

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

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?

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.

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. . . .

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

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

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?

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

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.

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

Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?

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

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

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...

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

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

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. . . .

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.