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

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?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

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.

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

Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?

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?

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" .

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...

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

Nine squares are fitted together to form a rectangle. Can you find its dimensions?

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?

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

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. . . .

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?

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. . . .

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). . . .

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.

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

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

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

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.

The triangle OMN has vertices on the axes with whole number co-ordinates. How many points with whole number coordinates are there on the hypotenuse MN?

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 and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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?

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

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

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.

Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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.

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...

You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...

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 numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

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

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

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

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.

Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?

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

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.

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

The flow chart requires two numbers, M and N. Select several values for M and try to establish what the flow chart does.