Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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. . . .
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. . . .
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. 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...
Can you convince me of each of the following: If a square number is multiplied by a square number the product is ALWAYS a square number...
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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
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?
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.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
How many noughts are at the end of these giant numbers?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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...
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.
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.
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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). . . .
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.