In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
The flow chart requires two numbers, M and N. Select several values for M and try to establish what the flow chart does.
Lyndon chose this as one of his favourite problems. It is accessible but needs some careful analysis of what is included and what is not. A systematic approach is really helpful.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?
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?
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 five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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.
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Think of any three-digit number. Repeat the digits. The 6-digit number that you end up with is divisible by 91. Is this a coincidence?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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...
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?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one. Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is special about your results.
Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.
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.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
Find the smallest positive integer N such that N/2 is a perfect cube, N/3 is a perfect fifth power and N/5 is a perfect seventh power.
The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. . . .
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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.
How did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.