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Pls help to provide a shorter solution without manual counting, thanks

Date Posted: 4 months ago
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J
4 months ago
Notice that :

From an odd figure number to the next odd figure number, the number of sticks increases by 9 and the number of squares increases by 3.

From an even figure number to the next even figure number, the number of sticks also increases by 9 and the number of squares also increases by 3.

You should be able to solve a) on your own.

For b), start from an even figure number in the table (for my example , I will use figure 2)

From Figure 2 to 50,

Number of jumps = (50 - 2) ÷ 2 = 48 ÷ 2 = 24

(50 - 2 = 48. But we divide by 2 as we are jumping from even figure to even figure. For every even figure we jump there is an odd figure which we cannot count in.

Eg. We jump from figure 2 to 4 but we cannot count figure 3 as a jump since we are jumping from even figure to another even figure.

So we divide the increase in figure number by 2 )

So that's 24 jumps, with increase of 3 squares in each jump .

24 x 3 squares increase per jump = 72 squares

72 squares + 3 squares from figure 2
= 75 squares.

There are 75 squares in Figure 50.

c)

I will start from figure 1 for my example.

From Figure 1 to 101

Number of jumps = (101 - 1) ÷ 2 = 100 ÷ 2 = 50

(101 - 1 = 100. But we divide by 2 as we are jumping from odd figure to odd figure. For every odd figure we jump there is an even figure which we cannot count in.

Eg. We jump from figure 1 to 3 but we cannot count figure 2 as a jump since we are jumping from odd figures to odd figures. So we divide the increase in figure number by 2)

So that's 50 jumps, with an increase of 9 sticks in each jump

50 x 9 sticks increase per jump = 450 sticks

450 sticks + 4 sticks from figure 2
= 454 sticks

There are 454 sticks in Figure 101.

Extra info
(might come useful in Secondary School math)

The problem can be solved using these formulas derived from the question information :

Number of sticks in a particular figure equals :

4 + 9(n - 1)/2 , where n is an odd figure number

10 + 9(n - 2)/2 where n is an even figure number

Number of squares in a particular figure equals :

1 + 3(n - 1)/2 , where n is an odd figure number

3 + 3(n - 2)/2 where n is an even figure number

n must equal or be bigger 1 for odd figure numbers and n must equal or be bigger than 2 for even figure numbers. n must also be a whole number.

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This question is really not easy. The key to solving this kind of problems is to find a general formula that links the figure number (n) with the other variables. For this problem, there needs to be a mechanism that counts what happens to the number of squares on an odd figure number and an even figure number. I have decided to use what is called a floor function which is simply rounding down a decimal to the nearest integer. After which the number of sticks can be easily related to the number of squares. I hope this is helpful and makes sense. I look forward to seeing other proposed solutions by other tutors that may be less complicated than this one. Feel free to clarify or let me know if I have made any errors.
Date Posted: 4 months ago
Jeho
4 months ago
Thanks alot for the effort in showing the solution, appreciated it.
Marcus Neale Goh Zheng Jie
4 months ago
I made an error. The second sentence of my solution should be: "For the number of squares, Starts at 1, then increases by 2, then by 1, then by 2, and so on..."
Jeho
4 months ago
Ok noted thanks
Marcus Neale Goh Zheng Jie
4 months ago
You're most welcome
J
4 months ago
Interesting solution that makes use of a unified equation for both odd and even figure numbers! 