Cubes and Dice Question Figures



A cube is a 3 - dimensional solid object bounded by 6 sides, with three meeting at each vertex.

It features all right angles and a height, depth and width that are all equal ( length = height = width ).

It has two types: 1. Standard Cube; and 2. Non-Standard Cube

non-verbol CubesImportant Facts: 

I. A cube has 6 square facesor sides. (from Img 1)

II. A cube has 8 points (vertices). (from Img 1)

III. A cube has 12 edges. (from Img 1)

IV. Only 3 sides are visible at a time ["Joint Sides"] and

     these joint sides can never be on opposite side to each other.

V. Things that are shaped like a cube are often referred to

     as ‘cubic’.

VI. Most dice are cube shaped, featuring the numbers 1 to 6

     on the different faces.

VII. Addition of number of dots (pips) or numbers from opposite sides of a standard cube or dice

     is always 7.

VIII. Total of 2 adjacent faces of cube can never be a 7.

IX. 11 different ‘nets’ can be made by folding out the 6 square faces of a cube. (from Img 2)



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:: Problem Solving ::

Things to remember before stepping ahead:

* We can categorise a cube (or a colour cube) after cutting it, in these four categories: (See img 3)

I.) Central cube (Yellow): In middle of faces & has only one coloured side.

     We can find out the total number of cubes with singe color on any side with this formula:


6(X-2)2

II.) Middle Cube (Green): In middle of edges and have two coloured sides.

     We can find out the total number of cubes with singe color on any side with this formula: 


12(X-2)

III.) Corner cube (Blue): Cubes on corners and have 3 coloured sides.

     A cube can have only 8 cut-corner cubes with colors on three sides. 

     Hence answer will be always the same - 8.

IV.) Inner Cube (No Color): Cubes inside faces and has no coloured side.

      We can find out the total number of cubes without any color on any side (inner cube) with this formula: (X-2)3


***Note: To find out total number of cubes we use this formula - (X)3

Question Type 1 : Determining the opposite sides

Question Type 2 : Cutting a Colorful Cube

Question Type 3 : Making big cube by adding small cubes

Question Type 4 : Determining number of cubes placed in stacks



Examples: Question Type 1
 
  • This cube is a 'standard cube'. What will be the number on opposite faces of it? 

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    1. Opposite to 1 - ?

    2. Opposite to 2 - ?

    3. Opposite to 3 - ?
  • Solution: 

    We know rule of standard cube - 'Addition of number of dots (pips) or numbers from

    opposite sides of a standard cube or dice is always 7' 

    the rule = 7-N (N stands for number on

    facing side).

    I. Opposite to 1 = (7-1) = 6

    II. Opposite to 2 = (7-2) = 5

    III. Opposite to 3 = (7-3) = 4
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  • 2. Study these cubes and find out the numbers on opposite sides of front facing sides of these.

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  • Solution:

    To solve this question we'll follow this rule - 'Only 3 sides are visible at a time (called "Joint Sides")

    and these joint sides can never be on opposite side to each other.'

    1. From cube A and B - 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 can never be on opposite side of 3 (common number in cube A and B).

    Hence the answer will be = 6

    2. From cube B and C - 1, 3, 4, 6, and 5 can never be on opposite side of 5

    (common number in cube B and C).

    the answer will be = 2

    3. From cube A and C - 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 can never be on opposite side of 1

    (common number in cube A and C).

    the answer will be = 4

    Conclusion : 

    Opposite to 1 = 4

    Opposite to 3 = 6

    Opposite to 5 = 2

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