I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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. . . .
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...
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?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
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.
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. . . .
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?
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?
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" .
6! = 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. The highest power of 2 that divides exactly into 6! is 4 since (6!) / (2^4 ) = 45. What is the highest power of two that divides exactly into 100!?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
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.
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?
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.
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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?
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?"
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
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.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?