This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?
Thank you to everyone who sent solutions to
this problem. We had many correct answers, but not many of you
explained how you worked through the problem. Abigail from Histon
and Impington Infant School and Nathaniel who goes to Moorfield
Junior School, both did it in the same way. Abigail and Nathaniel
numbered the pots from 1 to 7, left to right, to help them answer
the question. Nathaniel wrote to us:
First we knew that F and G had a wide pot, and that F had just
one flower. So pot three is F and pot five is G.
Then we looked at C and E. We knew that E had one blue flower -
so pot two had to be E and pot six had to be C.
We knew that pot B had a tall pot and blue flowers. This had to
be pot seven.
D had to be pot one - the other tall pot.
The last pot, pot four, had to be A because it was the only one
Matthew, from William Cobbet Junior School,
approached the problem slightly differently:
The order of the pots is D, E, F, A, G, C, B.
I knew that B was a tall blue pot and E was the other blue
I knew that C was thin with one flower, so A was a thin pot with
D had to be the first one because it was tall but didn't have
G had to have a large pot with two flowers, so that left F to
have a large pot with one flower.
Finally, Ruth who goes to Swanbourne House
School found yet another way of doing it:
The answer is D E F A G C B.
You can work this out because:
Only E is both blue and has only one flower.
Only F has a wide pot and one flower.
B is the remaining blue flower.
So then D must be the tall pot with yellow flowers and G must be
the wide pot with two flowers.
C is the remaining single flower.
Then the last pot is A.
All of these are very clearly described which
is exactly what we're looking for! Well done.