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Math cake Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010

  1. Mar 8, 2010 #1
    Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    Can u help me? I need a great idea for a math cake. Please help me, i have been racking my brains!!! If u answer, write in detail please...
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2010 #2
    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    Does it have to be a cake?

    If you baked a cherry pie in a square tin you could label it "pie are square".
     
  4. Mar 8, 2010 #3
    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    Make a layer cake (layers progresively smaller like a wedding cake) with a dowel running through the center. Bring two empty plates each with a similar dowel and announce nobody gets a piece until The Towers of Hanoi is solved.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2010 #4

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    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    Sounds like school work. What is the context of your question? What are your ideas so far?
     
  6. Mar 8, 2010 #5
    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    Then again, there's Fermat's Little Torte.

    Start with a 5x5x5 cube of cupcakes.

    Remove one corner column (1x1x5) and note the remaining cupcakes can be divided by 3 (24 1x1x5 columns).

    Reassemble into a 4x4x4 cube.

    Remove another corner column and note they can still be divided by 3 (15 1x1x4 columns).

    Reassemble as a 2x2x2 cube, remove a corner column and they are still divisible by 3 (3 1x1x2 columns).

    When someone says "Hey, what about the 3x3x3 cube?", you sheepishly admit you can't do that because the 8 remaing 1x1x3 columns can't be divided by 3. And then amaze them by dividing the cube into three equal layers!

    If everyone hasn't overrun the table to grab a cupcake by now, demonstrate it works in two dimensions also.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2010 #6
    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    hahaha
     
  8. Mar 9, 2010 #7
    Re: Math cake!!! Ideas Answer before 11 pm on 3-10-2010..

    current ideas:
    sigma
    pie symbol (too much used)
    can spell stuff out in iceing or bubble gum
     
  9. Mar 9, 2010 #8

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