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All the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assigned to the six faces of a cu

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All the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assigned to the six faces of a cube, one number to each face. For each of the eight vertices of the cube, a product of three numbers is computed, where the three numbers are the numbers assigned to the three faces that include that vertex. What is the greatest possible value of the sum of these eight products?

(A) 312

(B) 343

(C) 625

(D) 729

(E) 1680

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Its easy with Equations !! :angel:



Let us call the six sides of our cube a,b,c,d,e and f (where a is opposite d, c is opposite e, and b is opposite f).
Thus, for the eight vertices, we have the following products:
abc , abe , bcd , bde , acf , cdf , cef and def.
Let us find the sum of these products:
abc + abe + bcd + bde + acf + cdf + aef + def
Factorizing >
b (ac + ae + cd + de) + f (ac + ae + cd + de)
=(b+f) (ac+ae+cd+de)
=(b+f) (a (c+e) + d (c+e))
=(b+f) (a+d) (c+e) ---- Eqn 1

We have the product. Notice how the factors are sums of opposite faces.

Here is one property -- Product is maximum when numbers are equal.
Ex: consider number 6.
I can write 6 = 5+1 or 4+2 or 3+3
But product of these numbers 5*1,4*2 or 3*3 is maximum only for the case when numbers are equal i.e. 3*3


Similarly,
For 2,3,4,5,6 & 7
We need to make 3 groups (as in equation 1) so that groups are equal (as we learned in above property)
In this case it is (7+2) * (6+3) * (5+4)
=9*9*9
=729 ---

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Bunuel wrote:
All the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assigned to the six faces of a cube, one number to each face. For each of the eight vertices of the cube, a product of three numbers is computed, where the three numbers are the numbers assigned to the three faces that include that vertex. What is the greatest possible value of the sum of these eight products?

(A) 312

(B) 343

(C) 625

(D) 729

(E) 1680


to maximize value of product ;
(7+2)*(6+3)*(5+4) ; 9*9*9 ; 729
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Archit3110 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
All the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assigned to the six faces of a cube, one number to each face. For each of the eight vertices of the cube, a product of three numbers is computed, where the three numbers are the numbers assigned to the three faces that include that vertex. What is the greatest possible value of the sum of these eight products?

(A) 312

(B) 343

(C) 625

(D) 729

(E) 1680


to maximize value of product ;
(7+2)*(6+3)*(5+4) ; 9*9*9 ; 729
IMO D

Hi Archit3110,

Can you elaborate your solution.
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stne ; i did not solve the question considering the product of three nos and then adding the sum of each vertice as then arranging the no on each face of cube would have been a task
the question has asked us to find greatest possible value so to find the largest value need to multiply the greatest no with smallest value and so on ..
total 3 such pairs are there (7+2)*(6+3)*(5+4) ; 729


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Archit3110 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
All the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assigned to the six faces of a cube, one number to each face. For each of the eight vertices of the cube, a product of three numbers is computed, where the three numbers are the numbers assigned to the three faces that include that vertex. What is the greatest possible value of the sum of these eight products?

(A) 312

(B) 343

(C) 625

(D) 729

(E) 1680


to maximize value of product ;
(7+2)*(6+3)*(5+4) ; 9*9*9 ; 729
IMO D

Hi Archit3110,

Can you elaborate your solution.
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I think, logic is that we need to put big numbers next to each other.

(P.S: I got the wrong solution first)

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