How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Find the smallest positive integer N such that N/2 is a perfect cube, N/3 is a perfect fifth power and N/5 is a perfect seventh power.
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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?
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!?
115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?
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?
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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. . . .
Data is sent in chunks of two different sizes - a yellow chunk has 5 characters and a blue chunk has 9 characters. A data slot of size 31 cannot be exactly filled with a combination of yellow and. . . .
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.
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?
How did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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?
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?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
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.
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.