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?
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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. . . .
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.
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. . . .
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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 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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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...
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
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.
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 work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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...
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
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?
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?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
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?
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!?