Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
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!?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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?
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 the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
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.
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
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?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
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.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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...
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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.
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.
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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. . . .
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?"
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?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
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.
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 numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?