Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
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.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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.
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
How many zeros are there at the end of the number which is the product of first hundred positive integers?
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?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
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?
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?
Lyndon chose this as one of his favourite problems. It is accessible but needs some careful analysis of what is included and what is not. A systematic approach is really helpful.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
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. . . .
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.
Consider numbers of the form un = 1! + 2! + 3! +...+n!. How many such numbers are perfect squares?
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 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?
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.
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
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?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
In how many ways can the number 1 000 000 be expressed as the product of three positive integers?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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...
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?