An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

Benâ€™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 if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

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?

I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?

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?

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. . . .

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

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?"

Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

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

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?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?

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.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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