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Truncated Cube (Posted on 2008-02-14) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A cube has 8 vertices. If each vertex is cut off to form a triangle, the new solid will have 3 x 8 = 24 vertices. If each of these vertices is then connected directly to each of the others via a straight line segment, how many of these segments will go through the body of the solid, rather than along its surface?

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A cube edge shares a common cube face with six other cube edges.

Therefore, a cube edge does not share a common cube face with five other cube edges.

Therefore, there are 30 (5*12/2) of these cube edge combinations.

A line segment through the body must have endpoints that lie on cube edges that do not share a common cube face.

There are four line segments per cube edge combination.

Therefore, there are 120 (4*30) line segments through the body.


  Posted by Bractals on 2008-02-14 22:00:42
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