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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Imagine you are suspending a cube from one vertex (corner) and allowing it to hang freely. Now imagine you are lowering it into water until it is exactly half submerged.

What shape does the surface of the water make around the cube?

bowl of water and cube with string attached to one vertex

This problem is taken from "Sums for Smart Kids" by Laurie Buxton, published by BEAM Education. To obtain a copy call the BEAM orderline on 020 7684 3330 quoting product code SMAR. (Price: £13.50 plus handling and delivery.)