How Many Factors?
Work out the number of factors a number has then write them all as a list.
This is level 1: numbers less than 30. When you type in the list of factors separate the factors with commas. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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Factor Trees - This is a good place to begin finding factors.
Factor Pairs - Here are nine puzzles with clues!
Level 1 - Numbers less than 30
Level 2 - Numbers between 30 and 100
Level 3 - Numbers between 100 and 300
Level 4 - Numbers between 300 and 1000
More factor activities including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and self-marking exercises.
See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.
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Here is a different way to calculate the number of factors a number has. It appeared in Mathematical Pie, a Mathematical Association publication.
The prime factorisation of 600 is 23 x 52 x 3. We can make all the factors of 600 by choosing from four possibilities for the 2 (to include it 0, 1, 2 or 3 times); three possibilities for the 5 (to include it 0, I or 2 times) and two possibilities for the 3 (to include it or not).
Altogether 4 x 3 x 2 = 24 possibilities (if we don't choose any of the three this will give the factor l). So 600 has 24 factors.
When you know the number of factors of a number it is also helpful to know that the factors come in pairs. For example the factors of 96, shown in their pairs, are:
1 x 96
2 x 48
3 x 32
4 x 24
6 x 16
8 x 12
Square numbers have an odd number of factors. One factor, the square root, is multiplied by itself to give the number. For example the factors of 36 are:
1 x 36
2 x 18
3 x 12
4 x 9
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