What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
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...
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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 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?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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 the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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?
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. . . .
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
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?
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.
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
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. . . .
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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
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" .
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
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.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
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.
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?
Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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?
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!?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
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?
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.
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.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?