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?
Choose any four consecutive even numbers. Multiply the two middle numbers together. Multiply the first and last numbers. Now subtract your second answer from the first. Try it with your own. . . .
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.
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.
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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. . . .
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
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 task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.
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?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. . . .
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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. . . .
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?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
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.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
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?
Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
These pictures and answers leave the viewer with the problem "What is the Question". Can you give the question and how the answer follows?
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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,. . . .
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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. . . .
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
This jar used to hold perfumed oil. It contained enough oil to fill granid silver bottles. Each bottle held enough to fill ozvik golden goblets and each goblet held enough to fill vaswik crystal. . . .