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

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.

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

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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...

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?

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

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!?

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.

I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

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

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 added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

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

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. . . .

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

How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?

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

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. . . .

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

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?

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

A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"

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

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...

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?

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.

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

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

The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?

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

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

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

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

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.

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