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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 1703

3 Step Stairs

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Introduction

Part 1

3 Step Stairs

Structures

This is a 3 step stair on a 10 x 10 number grid:

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All 3 step stairs consist of 6 squares and its total is found by adding all the numbers inside the squares.

Total = (25+26+27+35+36+45)

Total = 194

This 3 step stair is in a certain position on the grid. This position is called P1 (see below)

This position is called P1

This position is called P2

This position is called P3

This position is called P4

Formulas

There are 4 different formulas to find the total of the 3 step stairs, each one depending on the position of the stairs.

e.g. total = number added + ((number of squares x squares right) + (10number of squares x squares up))

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Number added = (1+2+3+11+12+21)

Number added = 50

Number of squares = 6

Squares right = 0

Squares up = 0

Abbreviations:

Total = n

Number of squares = s

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Middle

This position is called P1

This position is called P2

This position is called P3

This position is called P4

Formulas

There are 4 different formulas to find the total of the 4 step stairs, each one depending on the position of the stairs.

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Number added = (1+2+3+411+12+13+21+22+31)

Number added = 120

Number of squares = 10

Squares right = 0

Squares up = 0

For this position, in 4 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 120 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

For this position, in 4 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 220 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

For this position, in 4 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 230 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

For this position, in 4 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 130 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

2 Step Stairs

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Conclusion

For this position, in 2 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 24 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

For this position, in 2 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 24 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

For this position, in 2 step stairs, the formula would be:

n = 24 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

Proof

This is a randomly selected 3 step stair

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I can work out the total by using my formula:

n = 50 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

= 50 + ( ( 42 ) + ( 360 ) )

N = 452

Simple total = 68+69+70+78+79+88

= 452

This is a randomly selected 4 step stair

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I can work out the total by using my formula:

n = 120 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

= 120 + ( ( 60 ) + ( 600 )

N = 780

Simple total = 67+68+69+70+77+78+79+87+88+97

= 780

This is a randomly selected 2 step stair

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I can work out the total by using my formula:

n = 14 + ( ( s x r ) + ( 10s x u ) )

= 14 + ( ( 18 ) + ( 180 )

N = 212

Simple total = 67+68+77

= 212

Maths Investigation

Number Stairs

Alex O'Carroll 10a

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