I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
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?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
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?
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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!?
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...
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.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
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?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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. . . .
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14. Take the larger number, fourteen, and count up in 14s. Then divide each of those values by the 9, and look at the remainders.
Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
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.
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.
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 the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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.
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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 did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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 clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?