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How Old Are the Children?

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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?"

A First Product Sudoku

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

Factor Lines

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

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

The Remainders Game

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A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Have You Got It?

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

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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's Game

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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.

Product Sudoku

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

Eminit

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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?

Gabriel's Problem

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

Divisively So

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How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

Charlie's Delightful Machine

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

Diagonal Product Sudoku

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

Three Times Seven

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

Special Sums and Products

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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.

American Billions

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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...

Remainder

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

Got It

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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.

Stars

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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?

Repeaters

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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.

Dozens

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

Cuboids

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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?

Star Product Sudoku

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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.

Even So

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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?

X Marks the Spot

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When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

Factors and Multiples Game

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level:

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

Remainders

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I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?

Substitution Cipher

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

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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. . . .

Hot Pursuit

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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?

Missing Multipliers

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

Oh! Hidden Inside?

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

Digat

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

Counting Factors

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

Shifting Times Tables

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

Ewa's Eggs

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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?

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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?

Diggits

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

Powerful Factorial

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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!?

AB Search

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

Factor Track

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

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.

Factoring Factorials

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

Gaxinta

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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?

Hidden Rectangles

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

LCM Sudoku II

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level:

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

Inclusion Exclusion

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

Thirty Six Exactly

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

Mathematical Swimmer

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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. . . .

What Numbers Can We Make?

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