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

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?

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.

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?

Given any 3 digit number you can use the given digits and name another number which is divisible by 37 (e.g. given 628 you say 628371 is divisible by 37 because you know that 6+3 = 2+7 = 8+1 = 9). . . .

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.

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?

How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?

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

Data is sent in chunks of two different sizes - a yellow chunk has 5 characters and a blue chunk has 9 characters. A data slot of size 31 cannot be exactly filled with a combination of yellow and. . . .

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

In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?

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. . . .

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.

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?

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

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

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

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

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?

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.

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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?

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. . . .

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

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

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

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.

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.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

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

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