This article takes the reader through divisibility tests and how they work. An article to read with pencil and paper to hand.
Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
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. . . .
How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
The flow chart requires two numbers, M and N. Select several values for M and try to establish what the flow chart does.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?
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.
The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
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?
How many different number families can you find?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
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?
Can you work out what size grid you need to read our secret message?
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
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?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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...
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...
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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.
Can you make lines of Cuisenaire rods that differ by 1?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.