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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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 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.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?"
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
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 hit?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
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. . . .
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?