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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
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.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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?
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.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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...
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.
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?
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 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 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.
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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...
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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). . . .
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?
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?
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
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?
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.
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.
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?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.
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. . . .
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
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 highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?