Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?
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.
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...
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
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?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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...
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?
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). . . .
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?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
Make a line of green and a line of yellow rods so that the lines differ in length by one (a white rod)
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. . . .
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.
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?
Prove that if the integer n is divisible by 4 then it can be written as the difference of two squares.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
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?"
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.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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?
How did the the rotation robot make these patterns?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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. . . .
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.
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?