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

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

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?

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

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

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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?

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?

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

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 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.

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?"

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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...

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?

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

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.

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

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

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?

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

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.

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?