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
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order
to work out the missing headers?
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...
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit
number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and
only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product.
Can. . . .
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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.
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.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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?
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!
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What
are the values of A and B?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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.
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2
or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?