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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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...

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. . . .

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. . . .

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.

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). . . .

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.

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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

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

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?

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.

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?

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.

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

The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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!?

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

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

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

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.

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

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