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Diggits

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

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?

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?

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?

Times Right

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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?

Factors and Multiple Challenges

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This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH website that could be suitable for students who have a good understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take on some. . . .

Digat

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

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" .

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?

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?

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?"

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!?

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?

One to Eight

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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.

Factorial

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How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?

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?

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?

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. . . .

Shifting Times Tables

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

Counting Cogs

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

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?

Sieve of Eratosthenes

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

Oh! Hidden Inside?

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

Factoring Factorials

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

Helen's Conjecture

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

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?

Exploring Simple Mappings

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Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

14 Divisors

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What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?

Phew I'm Factored

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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.

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?

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...

A First Product Sudoku

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

What a Joke

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

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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?

The Remainders Game

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A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Big Powers

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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.

Multiplication Magic

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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). . . .

Power Crazy

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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?

Really Mr. Bond

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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?

Factors and Multiples Game

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

Factors and Multiples Puzzle

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

Expenses

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

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?

Two Much

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

Number Rules - OK

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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...

Remainder

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

Squaresearch

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

Different by One

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

Data Chunks

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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. . . .