Is it true that $99^n$ has 2n digits and $999^n$ has 3n digits? Investigate!
Find the five distinct digits N, R, I, C and H in the following nomogram
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
Which numbers can we write as a sum of square numbers?
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?
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?
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
What are the last two digits of 2^(2^2003)?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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?
What is the last digit of the number 1 / 5^903 ?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
Find the maximum value of 1/p + 1/q + 1/r where this sum is less than 1 and p, q, and r are positive integers.
In how many ways can a pound (value 100 pence) be changed into some combination of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pence coins?
Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n $ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
Find out about palindromic numbers by reading this article.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
Robert noticed some interesting patterns when he highlighted square numbers in a spreadsheet. Can you prove that the patterns will continue?
Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?
Tim Rowland introduces irrational numbers
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
I added together some of my neighbours house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Whenever two chameleons of different colours meet they change colour to the third colour. Describe the shortest sequence of meetings in which all the chameleons change to green if you start with 12. . . .
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" .
Visitors to Earth from the distant planet of Zub-Zorna were amazed when they found out that when the digits in this multiplication were reversed, the answer was the same! Find a way to explain. . . .
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.
Show that 8778, 10296 and 13530 are three triangular numbers and that they form a Pythagorean triple.
Consider the equation 1/a + 1/b + 1/c = 1 where a, b and c are natural numbers and 0 < a < b < c. Prove that there is only one set of values which satisfy this equation.
Suppose you had to begin the never ending task of writing out the natural numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... and so on. What would be the 1000th digit you would write down.
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Can you work out how many of each kind of pencil this student bought?
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.
A combination mechanism for a safe comprises thirty-two tumblers numbered from one to thirty-two in such a way that the numbers in each wheel total 132... Could you open the safe?
Sets of integers like 3, 4, 5 are called Pythagorean Triples, because they could be the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle. Can you find any more?
Can you make a hypothesis to explain these ancient numbers?
Can you find examples of magic crosses? Can you find all the possibilities?
Guess the Dominoes for child and adult. Work out which domino your partner has chosen by asking good questions.
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?
What would you do if your teacher asked you add all the numbers from 1 to 100? Find out how Carl Gauss responded when he was asked to do just that.
Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
Imagine a machine with four coloured lights which respond to different rules. Can you find the smallest possible number which will make all four colours light up?
Ranging from kindergarten mathematics to the fringe of research this informal article paints the big picture of number in a non technical way suitable for primary teachers and older students.