Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime
numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all
numbers. What is it?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple
on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple
and the weights from the picture?
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to
help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to
use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and
8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the
four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the
boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many
puzzles and books Santa left.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the
operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest
whole number you can make?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs
exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how
many lemons there are?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a
quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to
find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's
finishing position was.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.