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?"
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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.
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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 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.
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the
remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2.
Can you find my number?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible 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?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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!
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
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?
The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?
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.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.