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Number grids. In this investigation I have been attempting to work out a formula that will find the difference between the products of the top left and bottom right of a number grid and the top right and bottom left of a number grid.

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In this investigation I have been attempting to work out a formula that will find the difference between the products of the top left and

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A 10x10 number grid

If you choose any 2x2 box on a 10x10 number grid then the difference should equal 10…

35x46=1610

Difference=10

36x45=1620

The difference equals 10. So what would happen if you tried the same thing with a 3x3 box?

37x19=703

Difference=40

17x39=663

The difference equals 40. So if you try it with a 4x4 box…

61x94=5734

Difference=90

91x64=5824

The difference equals 90. Lets just try one more:

55x99=5445

Difference=160

95x59=5605

We now have enough results.

Conclusion

2+(L-1)N+10(W-1)N

[N+(L-1)+10(W-1)] [N+(L-1)]

N2+10(W-1)N+(L-1)N+

Difference=10(L-1)(W-1)

Rectangular grid= LxW

Difference =G(L-1)(W-1)

Finally we can work out how the change of multiples in the grid would affect the formula.

In this formula L=Length, W=width, M=multiple and G=grid size.

N[N+M(L-1)+MG(W-1)]

=N2+N(l-1)M+NMG(w-1)N

[N+M(L-1)][N+GM(W-1)]

N2+NGM(W-1)+NM(L-1)+

This formula is the final part of this investigation. I cannot think of another way to extend my investigation. This investigation has enlightened me to the real-life ways in which math’s can be applied. Previously I was not aware of how complicated and interesting number grids can be!

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