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Adding All Nine

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 other possibilities for yourself!

Double Digit

Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. Try lots of examples. What happens? Can you explain it?


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.

Why 8?

Age 11 to 14
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Choose any four consecutive even numbers. (For example: 6, 8, 10, 12). Multiply the two middle numbers together. (e.g. 8 x 10 = 80) Multiply the first and last numbers. (e.g. 6 x 12 = 72) Now subtract your second answer from the first. (e.g. 80 - 72 = 8)

Try it with your own numbers. Why is the answer always 8?