# 2016 starters

Need some starters ideas for 2016? Here are some starting ideas then. Enjoy and let me know which ones went well in the comments.

**Adding the digits** (Mine)

2+0+1+6 = 9

When are the next five years that will add up to 9?

**Divisible** (Thanks to Matt Parker)

2015 was divisible by 5 but sadly 2016 isn’t. Which of the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 is 16 divisible by?

What is the next year that will be divisible by 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 **and** 9?

**The Classic…** (Thanks to me)

Can you make all the numbers from 1 to 10 (or 20 etc) using the digits 2, 0 , 1 and 6 with whatever combination of symbols you like?

Depending on the class, you might insist on using all 4 digits. You might allow factorials and indices. You’ll have to decide whether the 2 and 0 can be stuck together to make 20.*

**The Classic part 2…** (Thanks to me)

Same as above but you can’t change the order of 2 0 1 6

**Symmetrical Sum** (Thanks to Cliff Pickover)

You could blank some of these out and ask a class to work them out.

**I have the power** (Inspired by Simon Pampena)

Solve

**Roll on next year** (Mine)

2016 is sooo *this* year. How long is it until the next one? (In seconds of course.)

**Palindromes** (Mine)

Will there be any palindromic dates this year?

**It’s a triangle** (Inspired by Matt Parker)

2016 is a triangle number so it would be possible to go 2016-pin bowling.

How many rows of pins would there be?

**Summation**

The Mathematical Association wished us all a very successful

Right. That’s me done. Hopefully there’s something in there that you can just use straight away or perhaps adapt to your needs.

Oh, and

(Thanks to Paul Crowley)

*What’s the word for this? I’m sure it has one.

* = juxtaposed?

Maybe. I think there’s a more maths specific word for it.

* = Concatenated? That is the excel function anyway! Thanks for these, will be using most of them!

Hmm. That may be it. Didn’t know excel had a function for it. Thanks!