Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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.
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?
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. . . .
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens
with different powers of 2?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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...
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
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
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.
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587,
3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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. . . .
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.
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. . . .
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the
divisors is 331776.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 =
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines
differ in length by one (a white rod)
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
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 the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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. . . .
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the
product of first hundred positive integers?
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
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?"
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?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2
or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?