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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?

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Can you see how this picture illustrates the formula for the sum of the first six cube numbers?

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Instant Insanity

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How about asking pupils to imagine this "in their mind's eye" - no paper, no body language and lots of discussion?

Alternatively this can be tackled through a practical activity involving a shape and a coin.

It is not necessary to be able to calculate the circumference of a circle.