Weekly Primary Math Task – Nov 13, 2016

Up-and-Down Staircase:

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down.

4 blocks make an up-and-down staircase with 2 steps up and 2 steps down.

How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

Explain how you would work out the number of blocks needed to build a staircase with any number of steps.

(from: https://nrich.maths.org/2283/note)