What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?

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?

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

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!?

This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

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?

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

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...

Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

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.

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.

Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?

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?

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?

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.

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.

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?

Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?

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.

The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

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. . . .

Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

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.

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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?

Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?

A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.

Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?