The Math Forum: 1996
Summer Institute - sum96

July 15-19, 1996 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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A Cube Puzzle Problem

On Thursday evening after dinner, Kimberly Drake presented a cube puzzle.

The group divided into pairs, each group being given a paper cube. We were not to look at the bottom face of the cube, but from the information given on the other five sides were to guess the colors, numbers, and name on the bottom. A cube puzzle handout for you to experiment with or use with your class is available for printing out. Or, take a look at our QuickTime VR interactive movie of the same box.

Here are the opposing sides:

A discussion that ranged from how many letters the bottom face would have, and why, to what is a valid name and what is not, followed the exercise. The game was much enjoyed by everyone.

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