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

There are lots of answers to this problem, depending on what questions you choose to ask.

Here is some work that Lydia from St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield sent to us:


There must be ten cuboids:

$6\times6\times6$ $4\times4\times4$ $8\times8\times8$ $6\times8\times8$ $6\times8\times6$ $4\times8\times4$
$3\times3\times3$ $2\times2\times2$ $2\times4\times4$ $3\times4\times4$ $3\times4\times3$ $2\times4\times2$


$4\times8\times8$   $4\times6\times6$ $4\times6\times4$ $4\times6\times8$
$2\times4\times4$ $2\times3\times3$ $2\times3\times2$ $2\times3\times4$
                                           
These are the only possible shapes using the three lines (edges) with $2, 3$ and $4$ units of length.

To make these cuboids I had to double the length of each edge so I ended up with $4, 6$ and $8$ units of length, this made it easier to construct them.

The workings out are on the pictures below.



Thank you, Lydia.  You seem to have worked hard at this challenge.