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?"
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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...
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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...
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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" .
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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?
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.
Have you seen this way of doing multiplication ?
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. . . .
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve 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.
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 in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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.
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.
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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?
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...
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.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
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. . . .