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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
I added together the first 'n' positive integers and found that my answer was a 3 digit number in which all the digits were the same...
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.
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 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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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. . . .
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?
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...
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 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?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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?"
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. . . .
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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?
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. . . .
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
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. . . .
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.