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Weekly Problem 45 - 2010

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The diagram shows the first three patterns in a sequence in which each pattern has a square hole in the middle. How many small shaded squares are needed to build the tenth pattern in the sequence?




If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

 

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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