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Introduction

Maths GCSE Coursework

Kaleigh Mills

Investigation

I was given the task of investigating how the numbers worked on a number grid. This is what I did to find out:

I chose a grid of four numbers and I multiplied the Top Left (TL) by the Bottom Right (BR) then I did the same with the Top Right (TR) and the Bottom Left (BL). I then found out the difference between the two outcomes.

 n n+1 n+10 n+11

E.g.

 12 13 22 23
 44 45 54 55

After trying a few 2 x 2 grids I then went on to do some 3 x 3 grids.

 n n + 2 n + 20 n + 22

E.g.

 61 62 63 71 72 73 81 82 83
 5 6 7 15 16 17 25 26 27

## n

n+3

n+ 30

### n+

33

n(n + 33) = n2 + 33n

(n + 3)

Middle

53

54

55

56

63

64

65

66

67

73

74

75

76

77

83

84

85

86

87

94

95

96

5

6

7

8

#### 9

15

16

17

18

19

25

26

27

28

29

35

36

37

38

39

46

47

48

##### 49

After testing a lot of grids I have discovered that the rule for a square of any size is

(n-1)2x10. To prove this I am going to test it for a 6 x 6 grid.

Prediction

I predict that for a 6 x 6 grid the difference will always be 250.

For a 6 x 6 grid the algebraic formula is:

n(n + 55) = n2 + 55n

(n + 5)(n + 50) = n2 + 55n + 250

Difference = 250

Testing

 2 3 4 5 6 7 12 13 14 15 16 17 22 23 24 25 26 27 32 33 34 35 36 37 42 43 44 45 46 47 52 53 54 55 56 57

By predicting what the outcome would be with

Conclusion

6 x 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
 7 8 13 14
 22 23 24 28 29 30 34 35 36

After testing a few square grids from a 6 x 6 grid I found the differences to be 6 and 24, these are both multiples of 6. Therefore I have now proved that my prediction is correct.

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