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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?

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

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?

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

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?

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" .

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

How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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.

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. . . .

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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

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

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

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.

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.

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?"

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

Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?

Given the products of adjacent 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.

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.

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.

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. . . .

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.

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

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. . . .

Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?

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

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

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. . . .

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

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...

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

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...

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