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?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
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?
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following `skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division sum.
Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .
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.
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?