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. . . .
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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. 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.
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). . . .
Each letter represents a different positive digit
AHHAAH / JOKE = HA
What are the values of each of the letters?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2
or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
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?
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?
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
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?
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.
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the
product of first hundred positive integers?
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.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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 five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 =
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?
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587,
3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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?
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. . . .
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
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 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 relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the
following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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?