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PP1 CD-ROM cover

This picture is taken from the Problem Pictures CD-ROM of photographs with activities for mathematics teaching.

Box of jelly beans

Each compartment in this box contains six jelly beans of the same flavor. They are arranged in two layers of three beans. There is a different flavor in each compartment.

How many different flavors are there in the box? How many beans are there altogether?

Jelly beans are sold in "40 official flavours". Suppose that the jelly bean company asks you to design a similar box that could hold all 40 flavors. Is this possible?


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