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?
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. . . .
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
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...
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...
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
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.
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.
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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. . . .
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.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
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. . . .
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.
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
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?
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
How did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
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?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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?
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.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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" .
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
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 the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?