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In a <math>1</math>-foot-by-<math>1</math>-foot floor, there is <math>1</math> white tile. In a <math>3</math>-by-<math>3</math>, there are <math>4</math>. Continuing on, you can deduce the <math>n^{th}</math> positive odd integer floor has <math>n^2</math> white tiles. <math>15</math> is the <math>8^{th}</math> odd integer, so there are <math>\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 64}</math> white tiles. | In a <math>1</math>-foot-by-<math>1</math>-foot floor, there is <math>1</math> white tile. In a <math>3</math>-by-<math>3</math>, there are <math>4</math>. Continuing on, you can deduce the <math>n^{th}</math> positive odd integer floor has <math>n^2</math> white tiles. <math>15</math> is the <math>8^{th}</math> odd integer, so there are <math>\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 64}</math> white tiles. | ||
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After testing a couple of cases, we find that the number of white squares is <math>(s/2)^2</math>, where s is the side length of the square and <math>s/2</math> is rounded up to the next whole number. Therefore, <math>15/2</math> rounded up is 8, so <math>8^2=64</math>, or <math>\framebox{C}</math>. | After testing a couple of cases, we find that the number of white squares is <math>(s/2)^2</math>, where s is the side length of the square and <math>s/2</math> is rounded up to the next whole number. Therefore, <math>15/2</math> rounded up is 8, so <math>8^2=64</math>, or <math>\framebox{C}</math>. |
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The diagram represents a -foot-by--foot floor that is tiled with -square-foot black tiles and white tiles. Notice that the corners have white tiles. If a -foot-by--foot floor is to be tiled in the same manner, how many white tiles will be needed?
Solution
In a -foot-by--foot floor, there is white tile. In a -by-, there are . Continuing on, you can deduce the positive odd integer floor has white tiles. is the odd integer, so there are white tiles.
Solution 2 (Pattern Spotting)
After testing a couple of cases, we find that the number of white squares is , where s is the side length of the square and is rounded up to the next whole number. Therefore, rounded up is 8, so , or .
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