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Tobi's solution is given below.
10 sticks:To find the biggest number of crossings, put 5 sticks going down and 5 sticks going across so there will be 25.
To find the smallest number of crossings, put 2 sticks going down and 8 sticks across so there will be 16.
To find the biggest number of crossings for an odd amount, instead of splitting the sticks in half split them into the the closest numbers to half (e.g 7 and 8).
To find the smallest number of crossings do the same as you did before, put 2 going down and the rest going across.
Estimate for 50 sticks:
For the smallest amount put 2 down and the rest across (96).
Estimate for any number:
To find the biggest for any number, split the amount in half and put half across and half down but if its an odd amount split the amount into the 2 numbers closest to half.
To find the smallest amount put 2 down and all the rest across.
Charles explains how to find the greatest number of crossings for an odd number of sticks a different way.