1031 Prepare for World Maths Day 2018

You might think that a day lasts 24 hours, but strategic use of the international date line can actually make a single day last 48 hours!

How will you spend the 48 hour day that will be 7 March 2018?

Colleen Young encourages you and your class to register for and participate in World Maths Day 2018 held that day. She shares the necessary links as well as several tips on how to prepare.

One way to prepare now is playing multiplication games like the level 1 puzzle below. The puzzle is just a multiplication table but the factors are missing and only a few of the products are given, and they aren’t in the order you would normally expect. Can you figure out where the factors from 1 to 12 belong in both the first column and the top row of the puzzle?

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 12 factors 1028-1034

If this puzzle is too easy for you, Then it is time to move on to a level 2 or higher puzzle. You can find one in the link above and plenty others here at findthefactors.com.

Now I’d like to tell you some things that I’ve learned about the number 1031:

1031 and 1033 are twin primes.

1031 is a palindrome in a couple of bases:
It’s 858 in BASE 11 because 8(121) + 5(11) + 8(1) = 1031 and
it’s 272 in BASE 21 because 2(441) + 7(21) + 2(1) = 1031

  • 1031 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 1031 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 1031 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 1031 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 1031: 1, 1031
  • Factor pairs: 1031 = 1 × 1031
  • 1031 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1031 ≈ 32.10919

How do we know that 1031 is a prime number? If 1031 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √1031 ≈ 32.1. Since 1031 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29 or 31, we know that 1031 is a prime number.

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