A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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?
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 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.
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?
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?
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...
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
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" .
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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 five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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. . . .
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.
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 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.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
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.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
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.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
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.
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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?
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
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.
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. . . .