You may also like

problem icon

Plants

Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

problem icon

Triangle Animals

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

problem icon

Triple Cubes

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

The Hair Colour Game

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Ed from St Peter's College gave a good solution to the problem:

The first cube (or pair of cubes) means a boy with dark hair, the second cube is a boy with light coloured hair, the third is a girl with dark hair and the fourth is a girl with light coloured hair.
The next day there were eight groups because they added eye colour cubes.
If there was no one with dark coloured hair and blue eyes, you could still place it on the diagram, to show all the possibilities.  

 
Daniel and Theo sent a clear and colourful tree diagram which you can see here.
 
Arjun from Vidyashilp Academy thought about the number of groups you would end up with for more cubes.  He says:
 
For $1$ cube combination there are $2$ possibilities = $2^1$
For a $2$ cube combination there are $4$ possibilities =$2^2$
So, for a $3$ cube combination there are $8$ possibilities =$2^3$
Thus I can say that the total number of combination are $2^n$ where n is number of cubes.
 

I wonder how we know this for certain?  Could you convince us that this is always the case, Arjun?


Well done to everyone!