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56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Alf describes how the Gattegno chart helped a class of 7-9 year olds gain an awareness of place value and of the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
These pictures and answers leave the viewer with the problem "What is the Question". Can you give the question and how the answer follows?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Visitors to Earth from the distant planet of Zub-Zorna were amazed when they found out that when the digits in this multiplication were reversed, the answer was the same! Find a way to explain. . . .
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
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.
What is the least square number which commences with six two's?
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Amazing as it may seem the three fives remaining in the following `skeleton' are sufficient to reconstruct the entire long division sum.
A 3 digit number is multiplied by a 2 digit number and the calculation is written out as shown with a digit in place of each of the *'s. Complete the whole multiplication sum.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n $ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?