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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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Maths GCSE Investigation - T Numbers

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Maths GCSE Investigation - T Numbers Introduction In a number grid, a T-shape can be drawn outlining five numbers. The sum of all the numbers within the T-shape is the T-total, and the number at the base of the T is the T-number. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 In this 5 by 5 grid example, the T-number is 12, and the T-total is 1+2+3+7+12, which is 25. My task is to investigate the relationship between the T-number and the T-total for T-shapes within the number grid. The factors I can change which might change the pattern of numbers are: * Grid size * Direction of T-shape (with the T pointing N/S/E/W) * Translating the T-shape within a number grid to investigate patterns. Investigation#1-upright T-shape First of all, I am going to focus on the T-shape pointing S, the upright T: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 I first thought that any T-shape could be created if the T-number was known, as the rest of the numbers in the T-shape are related to the T-number. For example, in the above 6 by 6 square, a T-shape is selected: T-number=21 T-total=21(T-number) ...read more.

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40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 The upright T-shape and the upside-down T-shape had an opposite in their formulas: -7Z and +7Z. Due to this fact, I predict that the formula for a sideways T-shape pointing W would be 5X+7, opposite to the sideways T-shape pointing E's formula of 5X-7. To test my prediction, I will apply it to the above 9 by 9 grid: T-total = 5X+7 = 5*51+7 = 262 51+52+53+44+62 = 262 My formula works, so 5T+7 is the formula for a sideways T-shape pointing W. Summary From the above four investigations, I can summarise that: * The formula for an upright T-shape in ANY grid size is: T-total = 5X-7Z * The formula for an upside-down T-shape in ANY grid size is: T-total = 5X+7Z * The formula for a sideways T-shape pointing E in ANY grid size is: T-total = 5X-7 * The formula for a sideways T-shape pointing W in ANY grid size is: T-total = 5X+7 Further investigations There are several different variables which I can change to extend this investigation: * Investigate in 3 dimensions * Translation of T-shape * Rotation of T-shape * Reflection of T-shape * Enlargement of T-shape 3D investigations A basic 3D cube can be made from small cubes, each representing one number. ...read more.

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45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 Applying the rules previously, the T-number in the above shape should be 35. The T-total is 105. The formula is: T-total = X(35) + X-Z+1(25) + X-2Z+2(15) + X-3Z+1(3) + X-Z+3(27) = 5X-7Z+7 = 5*35 - 7*11 + 7 = 105 3+15+25+27+35 = 105 From the derivation of my formula, I have proved that the T-shape and its number are in a fixed position, so it will work wherever it is placed. Test formula for 6 by 6 grid: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 T-total = 5X-7Z+7 = 5*20-7*6+7 = 65 3+10+15+17+20 = 65 My formula works for the 6 by 6 grid. So the formula for a T-shape rotated through 45� is: T-total = 5X-7Z+7 N.B. Since this investigation is based on patterns derived from a diagram, ALL the formulas derived only apply in cases which the T-shape itself fits into the grid. ?? ?? ?? ?? Qiming Liu 10SM 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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