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Multiples of five

When is a times table useful? Watch this video to see an example of when knowing a five times table comes in handy. Can you think of another example where knowing the times table could be useful?

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What are factors?

What are factors? Watch as the jelly babies in this clip show you! What are the factors of 12? How many factors does the number 11 have? Try explaining to a friend what a prime number is.

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BBC Bitesize: linear sequences - revision

These illustrated information sheets revise the definition of a sequence and the nth term. The method of finding the rule for the nth term is extended to more complicated sequences. Highest common factors and lowest common multiples of pairs of numbers are found. This resource is one of a series of online resources from ...

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Prime number keys

Have you ever wondered how modern day encryption works? How are messages and financial transactions kept hidden from cyber criminals and hackers? Listen to reporter Ruben Meerman and mathematician Simon Pampena discuss the largest prime number ever found and how prime numbers are used to encrypt electronic information.

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Prime numbers and unbreakable codes

Imagine if anyone was able to read all our secret, encrypted messages and information. Watch and find out how scientists at the Australian National University are developing a new encryption system using quantum physics and quantum computing.

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The beauty of prime numbers

A prime number is a number that only has two factors: one and itself. Listen to Adam Spencer and Richard Glover discussing prime numbers. They cover how we define these numbers and how and why prime numbers are widely used in internet encryption.

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Nine times table

Learning the times tables can be hard! Watch this neat trick to learn the nine times table using just your fingers. See if you can solve 9 times 6 using this trick.

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TIMES Module 9: Number and Algebra: multiplication of whole numbers - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for multiplication, a discussion of the types of problems that require multiplication for their solution, and mental and written strategies for multiplication. The use of the commutative, associative and distributive laws is described. ...

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TIMES Module 3: Number and Algebra: multiplication and division - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for multiplication, a discussion of the type of problem phrased in words that requires multiplication for its solution, and mental and written strategies for multiplication. The use of the commutative, associative and distributive ...

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Multiplying and dividing decimals

Learn how to multiply and divide decimals by 100. Based on this video, see if you can work out how to multiply and divide decimals by 10 and 1000. What do you get if you multiply 0.375 by 10?

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Mental calculation strategies - multiplication and division

This collection of 14 digital curriculum resources focuses on assisting students to develop efficient and effective mental calculation strategies for performing multiplication and division. The collection also aims to develop and consolidate students' knowledge of multiplicative number facts. It is organised in four categories: ...

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TIMES Module 19: Number and Algebra: multiples, factors and powers - teacher guide

This is a 33-page guide for teachers. It introduces the concepts of primes, composites, prime factorisation, factors, multiples, odd and even numbers, the least common multiple and the highest common factor.

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BBC Bitesize: multiplication and division - revision

This is a set of information sheets dealing with whole-number calculations involving short multiplication and division. Students have access to test questions to assess their learning. This resource is one of a series of online resources from the BBC's Bitesize collection.

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Calculating percentage and simple interest: Banking

Most of us use banks to keep our money safe. We put our money in, can access it at any time and earn interest. So how do the banks make such enormous profits? Where does that money come from? Listen to Nathan Bazley explain how the banks use your money and make a profit. This clip provides a context for percentage, simple ...

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Decimal multiplication: petrol prices

Petrol for our cars is made from crude oil. The price of crude oil is constantly changing. This affects the price of petrol at the pump. Listen to Natasha Thiele explain how and why the price of petrol keeps changing. This clip provides context for decimal multiplication.

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Patterns, primes and Pascal's Triangle

Are you intrigued by patterns? Check out Vi Hart as she explains how to visualise patterns in prime numbers, using Ulam's Spiral. Watch as Vi creates patterns, using Pascal's Triangle to explore relationships in number. See what happens when she circles the odd numbers. What rule does she use to create the final pattern?

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What are factors and multiples?

Some mathematical problems involve finding the highest common factor. For others you might need to find the lowest common multiple. Here are some examples that show you how to work these out. You'll also see the difference between factors and multiples.

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Fascinating prime numbers

Use this teaching resource to investigate prime numbers with your students. Go back in time to the ancient Greeks (around 300 BC) to find out how Euclid demonstrated that there is an infinite number of primes. Investigate ways to identify prime numbers using algebra and square numbers and how to represent large primes using ...

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Multiply two numbers to get twenty!

Did you know that 5 times 4 equals 20? Did you also know that there are other numbers you can multiply to get to 20? See if you can come up with at least two other numbers.

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reSolve: Prime factorisation

This sequence of four lessons explores prime factorisation. Students solve a puzzle using factor strings, play a dice game to learn about prime numbers, develop a method for finding all of the factors of a number, and engage in an investigation of highest common factors and lowest common multiples of two numbers, and how ...