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?
It is known that the area of the largest equilateral triangular
section of a cube is 140sq cm. What is the side length of the cube?
The distances between the centres of two adjacent faces of another
cube is 8cms. What is the side length of this cube? Another cube
has an edge length of 12cm. At each vertex a tetrahedron with three
mutually perpendicular edges of length 4cm is sliced away. What is
the surface area and volume of the remaining solid?
Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube
using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many
different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?
This problem features in Maths Trails - Working Systematically, one of the books in the Maths Trails series written by members of the NRICH Team and published by Cambridge University Press. For more details, please see our publications page
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