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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?

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...

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

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?

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

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" .

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

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?

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?

Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, mulitply a two two digit numbers are multiplied to give a four digit number, so that the expression is correct. How many different solutions can you find?

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.

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

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. . . .

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?

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

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?

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

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

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

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?

Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs had Will done before his balloon burst?

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

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

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

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

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

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

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.

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?

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

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?

Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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?

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?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

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

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.

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?

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?

Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?

One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?