1. Arrange the digits from 1 to 9 in alphabetical order.

2. Memorise the large number you have created.

3. Close your eyes, can you remember it?

4. How many times can you halve this number (without a calculator) to give a whole number answer?

Number Landscape

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What are the prime factors of this large alphabetical number?

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.


Here is the URL which will take them to an activity about recognising prime numbers.


Student Activity





Extension Answers



FACT button

Tip For Teacher

Most people don't know all of the wonderful things our calculators can do. There are just so many buttons and functions.

Do you have this strange FACT function on your calculator? Do you know what it does?

Type a number (48 is a good example) into the calculator then press the equals button.

Next press shift then this button with FACT written over it.

You should now see 24 × 3 in the calculator display.

The function performed the prime factorisation of 48.

Very useful.

So this button can be used to find out if a number is a prime number as the prime factorisation function will return the original number.


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