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Mini-max

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .

The Number Jumbler

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

The Number Jumbler can always work out your chosen symbol. Can you work out how?

Eleven

Age 11 to 14
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Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.

Repeaters

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Reversals

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?

Double Digit

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Think of Two Numbers

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

Palindromes

Age 5 to 14

Find out about palindromic numbers by reading this article.

More Mathematical Mysteries

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Write down a three-digit number Change the order of the digits to get a different number Find the difference between the two three digit numbers Follow the rest of the instructions then try. . . .

Phew I'm Factored

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Explore the factors of the numbers which are written as 10101 in different number bases. Prove that the numbers 10201, 11011 and 10101 are composite in any base.

Six Times Five

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?

Read This Page

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E

Digit Sum

Age 14 to 16 Short
Challenge Level

What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?

Arrange the Digits

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?

Back to Basics

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Find b where 3723(base 10) = 123(base b).

Just Repeat

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

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?

Big Powers

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

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.

Please Explain

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

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. . . .

Always a Multiple?

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Forwards Add Backwards

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

What happens when you add a three digit number to its reverse?

Subtraction Surprise

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?

Quick Times

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

Composite Notions

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

A composite number is one that is neither prime nor 1. Show that 10201 is composite in any base.

Lesser Digits

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?

Three Times Seven

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

Plus Minus

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

DOTS Division

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Take any pair of two digit numbers x=ab and y=cd where, without loss of generality, ab > cd . Form two 4 digit numbers r=abcd and s=cdab and calculate: {r^2 - s^2} /{x^2 - y^2}.

Latin Numbers

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Can you create a Latin Square from multiples of a six digit number?

Basically

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?

2-digit Square

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

A 2-Digit number is squared. When this 2-digit number is reversed and squared, the difference between the squares is also a square. What is the 2-digit number?

Tis Unique

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

Legs Eleven

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the end and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. Did you get a multiple of 11?

Never Prime

Age 14 to 16
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If a two digit number has its digits reversed and the smaller of the two numbers is subtracted from the larger, prove the difference can never be prime.

Chocolate Maths

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .

Adding with the Abacus

Age 5 to 16

Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did people do to save time working out more difficult problems before the calculator existed?

What a Joke

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Each letter represents a different positive digit AHHAAH / JOKE = HA What are the values of each of the letters?

Exploring Simple Mappings

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

Diagonal Sums

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

Add to 200

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?

How Many Miles to Go?

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

Writ Large

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Suppose you had to begin the never ending task of writing out the natural numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... and so on. What would be the 1000th digit you would write down.

Cayley

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

Football Sum

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

X Marks the Spot

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

Alphabet Soup

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

This challenge is to make up YOUR OWN alphanumeric. Each letter represents a digit and where the same letter appears more than once it must represent the same digit each time.

Pupils' Recording or Pupils Recording

Age 5 to 14

This article, written for teachers, looks at the different kinds of recordings encountered in Primary Mathematics lessons and the importance of not jumping to conclusions!

Really Mr. Bond

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

115^2 = (110 x 120) + 25, that is 13225 895^2 = (890 x 900) + 25, that is 801025 Can you explain what is happening and generalise?

Back to the Planet of Vuvv

Age 11 to 14
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There are two forms of counting on Vuvv - Zios count in base 3 and Zepts count in base 7. One day four of these creatures, two Zios and two Zepts, sat on the summit of a hill to count the legs of. . . .

Method in Multiplying Madness?

Age 7 to 14
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Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?

Not a Polite Question

Age 11 to 14 Short
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When asked how old she was, the teacher replied: My age in years is not prime but odd and when reversed and added to my age you have a perfect square...