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.

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

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

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

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?

6! = 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. The highest power of 2 that divides exactly into 6! is 4 since (6!) / (2^4 ) = 45. What is the highest power of two that divides exactly into 100!?

Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . .

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

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?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

There are a number of coins on a table. One quarter of the coins show heads. If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?

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

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

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

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

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?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

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

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?

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, mulitply a two two digit numbers are multiplied to give a four digit number, so that the expression is correct. How many different solutions can you find?

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?

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?