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A hundred identical cubic boxes are currently arranged in four cubes: a single cubic box, a 2 x 2 x 2 cube, a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, and a 4 x 4 x 4 cube. These four are not touching each other. All outward faces are painted and all inward faces are not painted. These four cubes are going to be dismantled and reassembled as a flat 10 x 10 square. The top and all the edges of this 10 x 10 square must be painted, but there is no requirement for paint on the bottom. How many individual faces will have to be painted to accommodate the requirements of this new design?

(A) 0
(B) 5
(C) 9
(D) 16
(E) 27


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The challenge here appears to me that when I'll dismantle all the little cubes and reconstruct a new 10x10 square (actually not a square, rather a rectangular solid of 10x10x1) then some previously painted faces are going to be lost. How would I determine those total lost painted surfaces?
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The answer to this problem can be obtained by simply counting the small cubes that are not painted outward.
In single cubic box - no such cubes
In 2*2*2 cubic box - also no such cubes
In 3*3*3 cubic box - 1 such cube that is located in the centre of the cubic box
In 4*4*4 cubic box - 8 such cubes that are also located in the centre of the cubic box
As we have to use all 100 small cubes to make 10*10 square, thus 8+1=9 faces of 9 not painted cubes have to be painted.
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I could not solve this, despite drawing a series of figures. Need an OE...
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A hundred identical cubic boxes are currently arranged in four cubes: a single cubic box, a 2 x 2 x 2 cube, a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, and a 4 x 4 x 4 cube. These four are not touching each other. All outward faces are painted and all inward faces are not painted. These four cubes are going to be dismantled and reassembled as a flat 10 x 10 square. The top and all the edges of this 10 x 10 square must be painted, but there is no requirement for paint on the bottom. How many individual faces will have to be painted to accommodate the requirements of this new design?

(A) 0
(B) 5
(C) 9
(D) 16
(E) 27


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Bunuel, will you please provide us with an easy solution? I have gone through the OE part but wasn't able to understand.
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A hundred identical cubic boxes are currently arranged in four cubes: a single cubic box, a 2 x 2 x 2 cube, a 3 x 3 x 3 cube, and a 4 x 4 x 4 cube. These four are not touching each other. All outward faces are painted and all inward faces are not painted. These four cubes are going to be dismantled and reassembled as a flat 10 x 10 square. The top and all the edges of this 10 x 10 square must be painted, but there is no requirement for paint on the bottom. How many individual faces will have to be painted to accommodate the requirements of this new design?

(A) 0
(B) 5
(C) 9
(D) 16
(E) 27


This is one of a set of 15 challenging GMAT Quant practice problems. To see the whole collections, as well as the OE for this question, see:
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My approach was similar to what has been explained by Mike and took me around 2 and a half minutes to solve. But Please clarify do such questions come in GMAT? Its pure thought process, breaking up a 10x10 into different pieces like a matrix movie, i mean pure imagination and no mathematical concept used.
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The question is basically, when we lay the required 10x10x1 structure, how many additional faces on the top do we have to paint.

From the 4 cubes initially set up, even if we have 1 face that is painted we can place that cube in the final structure such that the painted face is on top.

So from the 1x1x1 cube: We have 1 cube used and and 1 cube where at least 1 side is painted = 1
So from the 2x2x2 cube: We have 8 cubes used and and 8 cubes where at least 1 side is painted =8
So from the 3x3x3 cube: We have 27 cubes used and and 26 cubes where at least 1 side is painted (the middle cube does not have even 1 side painted) =26
So from the 4x4x4 cube: We have 64 cubes used and and 56 cubes where at least 1 side is painted (the middle 8 cubes do not have even 1 side painted) =56.

Therefore, total where we have atleast 1 face painted = 1+8+26+56 = 91.

So an additional 9 cubes need to be painted so that all the faces on the top are painted.
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Bunuel, will you please provide us with an easy solution? I have gone through the OE part but wasn't able to understand.

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My approach was similar to what has been explained by Mike and took me around 2 and a half minutes to solve. But Please clarify do such questions come in GMAT? Its pure thought process, breaking up a 10x10 into different pieces like a matrix movie, i mean pure imagination and no mathematical concept used.

Dear mondirachakraborty & gmatexam439,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, mondirachakraborty, this is a HARD question. Some questions on the GMAT look hard but there's some simplifying trick. For this question, there's no easy trick: the question is quick only if you have the spatial/visual intuition to think through the ideas in the OE quickly. My friend, if you are asking for some way for the hard to be made easy for you, you are asking the wrong question. The question is how to rise to the challenge of what you now find hard, so that eventually it can seem easy to you. If you find an OE that you don't understand, don't look for a way to evade it. Instead, dig deeper into anything you don't understand. Dissect it line by line. If there are particular points that you don't understand. ask me (the author of this question) about those very specific questions. Education is not something experts such as Bunuel and I do to you: instead, education is a process you do to yourself, by yourself, and for yourself. It depends primarily on your dedication, diligence, and engagement. Go all in, and we experts will do whatever we can to support you.

And, gmatexam439, this is a hard question, probably about at about the upper limit of what the CAT would throw at a student who is acing everything else in the Quant section. In the OE, i spelled out everything in meticulous detail, but if you have good spatial intuition, you might be able to do this in under 20 seconds. We need four corners--more than enough corners. We need 32 edges--more than enough edges and left over corners, so we are covered. For everything else, we just need one side painted, so the only ones that need paint are the unpainted "inner cubes," the 1 inside the 3x3x3 and the 8 inside the 4x4x4. (Any cube of nxnxn has an inner cube of (n-2)x(n-2)x(n-2) that doesn't see the light of day.) Paint 9 faces and we are all set. As with many challenging Quant questions, it's simply a matter of mentally dissecting the scenario in the right way: when you do that, the answer simply appears.

Does all this make sense?
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