A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?

Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

Use an Excel to investigate division. Explore the relationships between the process elements using an interactive spreadsheet.

What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

How good are you at finding the formula for a number pattern ?

Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.

An Excel spreadsheet with an investigation.

A simple file for the Interactive whiteboard or PC screen, demonstrating equivalent fractions.

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to explore number in this exciting game!

Use Excel to investigate the effect of translations around a number grid.

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?

Use an interactive Excel spreadsheet to investigate factors and multiples.

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?

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Use Excel to practise adding and subtracting fractions.

Use an Excel spreadsheet to explore long multiplication.

This problem is about investigating whether it is possible to start at one vertex of a platonic solid and visit every other vertex once only returning to the vertex you started at.

The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

Ask a friend to choose a number between 1 and 63. By identifying which of the six cards contains the number they are thinking of it is easy to tell them what the number is.

Place a red counter in the top left corner of a 4x4 array, which is covered by 14 other smaller counters, leaving a gap in the bottom right hand corner (HOME). What is the smallest number of moves. . . .

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

An environment that simulates a protractor carrying a right- angled triangle of unit hypotenuse.

Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?

This set of resources for teachers offers interactive environments to support work on loci at Key Stage 4.