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##### Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

Here is the solution from Christiane Eaves, Alicia Maltby, Kathy Lam, Rachael Evans andFiona Conroy (Y10) The Mount School,York: The total surface area of the cube is $6r^2.$ The area shaded on one face is $\frac{\pi r^2}{4}$ so the total shaded area is $\frac{3\pi r^2}{4}.$

The fraction of the total surface area shaded is thus $\frac{3\pi r^2}{4}$ divided by $6r^2$ which is: $$\frac{3\pi r^2}{4} \times\frac{1}{6r^2}= \frac{\pi}{8}$$
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