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Exam-Style Questions on Number

Problems on Number adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.


GCSE Higher

Without using a calculator:

(a) Express 68 as the product of its prime factors.

(b) Divide 68 by 5 giving your answer in decimal format.

(c) Multiply 13.06 by 2.1


GCSE Higher

The number, \(N\), can be written as the product of prime factors in index form as:

$$N = 3 × 5^3 × x^4$$

Work out \(5N^2\) as a product of prime factors in index form giving your answer in terms of \(x\).


GCSE Higher

The difference between the areas of the two squares is 51 cm2.

When measured in cm the lengths of the sides of the squares are integers and both less than 20cm.

Find the lengths of the sides of the two squares.



IB Studies

This Venn diagram shows the relationship between the sets of numbers

$$\mathbb N, \mathbb Z, \mathbb Q \text{ and } \mathbb R$$

Write down the following numbers in the appropriate place in the Venn diagram.

(a) \(5\)

(b) \(\frac23\)

(c) \(\pi\)

(d) \(0.91\)

(e) \(\sqrt 7\)

(f) \(-0.75\)


GCSE Higher

This expression can be used to generate a sequence of numbers.

$$n^2+n + 5$$

(a) Work out the first three terms of this sequence.

(b) What is the smallest value of \(n\) that produces a term of the sequence that is not a prime number?

(c) Is it true that odd square numbers have exactly three factors? Explain and justify your answer.

(d) Seymour is thinking of a number.

Find the two possible numbers that Seymour could be thinking of.


GCSE Higher

(a) Write this list of numbers in order, smallest first.

$$\sqrt{47}, \frac{22}{3}, 3.5^2, 8.64$$

(b) Write \((1 + \sqrt5)^2\) in the form \(a + b\sqrt5\) .

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