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Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:


The diagram shows an ordinary die in which the scores on opposite faces always total 7.


It is placed on a horizontal table with the '1' face facing East.

The die is moved four times, rotating it each time through 90° about an edge.

The faces in contact with the table are first 1, then 2, then 3, then 5.

In which direction is the 1 facing after this sequence of moves?

 

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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