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Find 4 formulae that can work out the number of cubes in a cube that has been painted on the outside with 0 faces painted, 1 face painted, 2 faces painted and 3 faces painted in any sized cubes.

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Introduction

Math’s Painted Cube Investigation

Aim: Our aim is to find 4 formulae that can work out the number of cubes in a cube that has been painted on the outside with 0 faces painted, 1 face painted, 2 faces painted and 3 faces painted in any sized cubes.

Method:

1. We drew out all the different sizes of cubes up to 5x5 like the following:

1x1 cube            

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2x2 Cube

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3x3 Cube

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4x4 Cube

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5x5 Cube

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2. Then counted how many with 1 face painted and imagine the ones that were not shown.

3. The counted how many 2 faces painted and imagine the ones which are not shown.

3.The counted the faces painted and imagined the ones that are not shown.

4. Next we recorded our results in a results table.

4.

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Middle

2 Faces Painted

3 Faces Painted

1x1

0

0

0

0

2x2

0

0

0

8

3x3

1

6

12

8

4x4

8

24

24

8

5x5

27

54

36

8

Next we tried to see if there was a pattern like square numbers, cube numbers, triangular numbers, odd numbers or even numbers.  

We found out the following:

0 Face: 0,0,1,8,27 (Tasneem with the help of the revision guide found out that these numbers were cube numbers).

1 Face:0, 0,6,24,54 (Asma found out these numbers were from the 6 times table).

2 Face: 0,0,12,24,36 (Alliyah and Aysha.

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Conclusion

Before we found out the 3 face painted column was always 8 and found out there is no formula n is always = to 8 so n=8. This is because there are always 4 corners in any sized cube.

Final Formulae

0 Face Painted: (n-2)3

1 Face Painted: 6n2-24n+24

2 Face Painted: 12n-24

3 Face Painted: Always 8 n=8

Conclusion

We were able to find all the formulas. We found out that the 0 face painted column were

all cubes numbers The 1 face painted column are in the 6 times table. The 2 faces painted column are in the 12 times table. Also we found out the 3 faces painted never changes.

Evaluation

To make this investigation you should test more different sized cubes.

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