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Two cubes, each with integral side lengths, have a combined volume equal to the total of the lengths of their edges. How big are the cubes? [If you find a result by 'trial and error' you'll need to prove you have found all possible solutions.] ### Common Divisor

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.

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

Luke from London Oratory School explained how the situation can be shown using algebra: The green section is a square, so its area is equal to $x^2$.
The red section (made of sticks) consists of two rectangles with dimensions $a, x$ and $b, x$. Therefore the red area is equal to $ax+bx$, which equals $x(a+b)$.
We can see that the area of the blue section will always have dimensions $a$ and $b$, so its area is equal to $ab$, if it ʻﬁllsʼ the gap created by the red area.
The total area is equal to the sum of these component areas.
Thus you can make a rectangle for all bases for expression of the form $x^2 + x(a+b) + ab$ where $a$ and $b$ are positive integers. The rectangle has dimensions $(x+a)$ by $(x+b)$.

1 square, lots of sticks and 12 or 100 units
Mahdi, Hamaad and Khalid used algebra again. Here is Mahdi's work for 12 sticks: This is Hamaad and Khalid's work for 100 sticks: 1 square, 12 or 100 sticks and lots of units
Hadi from Michaela Community School in the UK started with smaller numbers of sticks and then spotted a pattern:   Mahdi from Mahatma Gandhi International School in India used algebra: Hamaad and Khalid from Michaela Community School and Mahdi used the same approah for 100 sticks. This is Hamaad and Khalid's work: For $p$ sticks and $q$ units
Mahdi approached this algebraically: So how many different rectangles can you make with $p$ sticks and $q$ units?