There are two forms of counting on Vuvv - Zios count in base 3 and Zepts count in base 7. One day four of these creatures, two Zios and two Zepts, sat on the summit of a hill to count the legs of. . . .
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?
This article for the young and old talks about the origins of our number system and the important role zero has to play in it.
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did people do to save time working out more difficult problems before the calculator existed?
A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit cards. What is the minimum number of small cards that is needed?
Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and imagine them written down in every possible order to give 5 digit numbers. Find the sum of the resulting numbers.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
Using balancing scales what is the least number of weights needed to weigh all integer masses from 1 to 1000? Placing some of the weights in the same pan as the object how many are needed?
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
Think of any three-digit number. Repeat the digits. The 6-digit number that you end up with is divisible by 91. Is this a coincidence?
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.
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?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
We are used to writing numbers in base ten, using 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Eg. 75 means 7 tens and five units. This article explains how numbers can be written in any number base.
Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. . . .
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
When asked how old she was, the teacher replied: My age in years is not prime but odd and when reversed and added to my age you have a perfect square...
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following `skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division sum.
Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by 5?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
This article, written for teachers, looks at the different kinds of recordings encountered in Primary Mathematics lessons and the importance of not jumping to conclusions!
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Consider all of the five digit numbers which we can form using only the digits 2, 4, 6 and 8. If these numbers are arranged in ascending order, what is the 512th number?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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.
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?