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?
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. 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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
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.
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
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. . . .
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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...
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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?
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. . . .
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
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?"
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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 highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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!?
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?
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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?
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.
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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...
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.