Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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 collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
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 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?
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?
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...
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
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?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
How did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
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?
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...
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?