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Finding 3D Stacks

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity may be used as a follow-on for those who have successfully worked at Doplication.

Let me help you visualise this representation of a 3D situation.
The picture below shows a 2 by 3 by 4 arrangement of red spheres, which you might see as two layers of 3 by 4:


These two layers together could also be viewed as representing six cubes:

In the top picture the centre of each cube is shown with a light or dark brown sphere. 
How many spheres are there altogether in this 2 by 3 by 4 arrangement?
How did you count them?

Use your system of counting to find the total number of spheres for other sizes, for example 3 by 3 by 3;  3 by 4 by 4; 4 by 4 by 5. etc.

How would you find the number of spheres for any sized arrangement?