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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...

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

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

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.

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?

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?

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

Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14. Take the larger number, fourteen, and count up in 14s. Then divide each of those values by the 9, and look at the remainders.

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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 numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

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. . . .

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

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

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

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!?

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?

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). . . .

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. . . .

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?

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?

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?

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

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

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

Factorial one hundred (written 100!) has 24 noughts when written in full and that 1000! has 249 noughts? Convince yourself that the above is true. Perhaps your methodology will help you find the. . . .

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

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

A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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?