Number Properties
Below is a QuickQuestions Interface © on different number properties. Simply type in the number you are interested in , and be presented with lots of information about that number, including:
For the base conversion, when you get to base 11 and upwards, it uses the convention of using the letters to represent numbers (for example 11 is a, 12 is b, and so on). Above 36, there is a different system for this.
Questions
 Is it prime or composite
 What are its factors
 How many factors does it have
 What is its prime decomposition (prime factorisation)
 Is it a square, cube or triangular number
 Is it a perfect, happy, Fibonacci, narcissistic, factorial, Harshad or Smith number
 What is it in other bases (you can choose the base you want)
For the base conversion, when you get to base 11 and upwards, it uses the convention of using the letters to represent numbers (for example 11 is a, 12 is b, and so on). Above 36, there is a different system for this.
Questions
 Can you find the next perfect number? What about the third perfect number?
 Which numbers have an odd number of factors? Why is this?
 Which numbers have only 2 factors? Why is this?
 Can you find two numbers with the same prime decomposition?
Prime:  
Factors:  
Prime Decomposition:  
Square:  
Cube:  
Triangular:  
Perfect:  
Happy:  
Fibonacci:  
Narcissistic:  
Factorial:  
Harshad:  
Smith:  
Base: 
Ideas for teachers
Work on factors is a rich area for displays. Get the students to create a small card (no bigger than a business card) for each number from one to 100. On each card list all the factors, write down the prime decomposition, and work out whether the number is perfect, abundant or deficient. Splitting them in to 4 groups, and giving 25 cards to each group splits the work, and if you ensure somebody in the group is checking every card (maybe using the QuickQuestions Interface ©) then you should have a nice display, that can also serve as a reminder.
This can then be extended in to highest common factors.
Looking for patterns arising in the number of factors for each number can help secure an understanding of primes (and also look into square numbers).
A discussion of how rare perfect numbers are could also follow, with a brief discussion of them at Wolfram Maths.
This can then be extended in to highest common factors.
Looking for patterns arising in the number of factors for each number can help secure an understanding of primes (and also look into square numbers).
A discussion of how rare perfect numbers are could also follow, with a brief discussion of them at Wolfram Maths.
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