Factors Starters:Abundant Buses: A game based around the concept of abundant numbers. Factuples: Spot the factors and the multiples amongst the numbers in the grid. Flabbergasted: If each number in a sequence must be a factor or multiple of the previous number what is the longest sequence that can be made from the given numbers? Four Factors: Find four single digit numbers that multiply together to give 120. How many different ways are there of answering this question? Hotel Digital: A puzzle about the lifts in a hotel which serve floors based on the day of the week. Verruca Value: The Verruca Value of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number of consonants. How many words can you find with Verruca Value of 24?
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Notes:A factor is a whole number that divides exactly into another whole number. We say the first number is a factor of the second number. Prime numbers only have two factors, one and themselves. Factors Teacher Resources:Number Grids: Investigate the properties of number with these interactive number grids. Prison Cell Problem: A number patterns investigation involving prisoners and prison guards. Sieve of Eratosthenes: A self checking, interactive version of the Sieve of Eratosthenes method of finding prime numbers. Factors Activities:Connect 4 Factors: This a game for one or two players. The winner is the first to line up four numbers with a common factor. Delightfully Divisible: Arrange the digits one to nine to make a number which is divisible in the way described. Divisibility Test: Practise using the quick ways to spot whether a number is divisible by the digits 2 to 9. Factor Trees: Create factor trees to find the prime factors of the given numbers. Factorising: Practise the skills of algebraic factorisation in this structured online self marking exercise. Fizz Buzzer: The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter. HCF and LCM: Practise finding the highest common factor (H.C.F), sometimes called the greatest common divisor, and the lowest common multiple (L.C.M) of two numbers. Number Grids: Investigate the properties of number with these interactive number grids. Prime Labyrinth: Find the path to the centre of the labyrinth by moving along the prime numbers. Prison Cell Problem: A number patterns investigation involving prisoners and prison guards. Satisfy: Place the nine numbers in the table so they obey the row and column headings about the properties of the numbers. Scallywags and Scoundrels: Arrange the scallywags and scoundrels on the chairs so that the numbers of any two sitting next to each other add up to a prime number. Sieve of Eratosthenes: A self checking, interactive version of the Sieve of Eratosthenes method of finding prime numbers. Stamp Sticking: Drag stamps onto the envelopes to make the exact postage as shown at the top left of each envelope. Three Ways: Find three different ways of multiplying four different digits together to get the given target number. There are nine levels for this online challenge. Times Square: Practise your times tables with this selfchecking multiplication grid Factors Investigations:Aunt Sophie's Post Office: Investigate the ways of making up various postage amounts using 3p and 8p stamps. An online stamp calculator is provided for you to check your working. Factors Videos:Factors and Multiples: A straight forward explanation from Teacher Tube. Finding Prime Factors: A straight forward explanation from SLEP HCF and LCM explained: This video from Mathsmaster.org shows very clearly the step by step method of finding the LCM and HCF of two numbers. HCF and LCM explained part 2: This video from Mathsmaster.org shows very clearly the step by step method of finding the LCM and HCF of two numbers using Prime Factorisation. Factors External Links:Links to other websites containing resources for Factors are provided for those logged into 'Transum Mathematics'. Subscribing also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel. You can sign up using one of the buttons below: SearchThe activity you are looking for may have been classified in a different way from the way you were expecting. You can search the whole of Transum Maths by using the box below.
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