How many squares for 6 people who want 6 quilts of 6x6 squares?

There is nothing to agree to disagree on this cos it’s not an argument and neither is it a True nor False situation. If you are okay with and understand his explanation, good on you mate. However, I didn’t and expressed it, which I believe the forum is for. I am by no means insinuating that’s how everybody sees it, but if that how I see it, then rest assured there might be others who also see it that way. So a little clarification wouldn’t hurt since this is a platform for learning and sharing of ideas. Enjoy your coding as well.


this was the best and easy explanation thanks!

I got my answer by … print((6**2) * 36)

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Another solution is:

print(6 ** 4)

You are awesome thanks I understand Now

Ah I see. The big part i missed was the “6 quilts PER person”.
my original solution was print((6 ** 2)*6) ; which only creates enough quilt tiles for 1 quilt per person.
the actual answer being print((6 ** 3)*6).

6 ** 3 * 6

is the same as,

6 ** 4

when we simplify it. Every math teacher probably says this every day to their class, “simplify, simplify, simplify, then solve.”

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For anyone taking on the Python 3 course and coming across this later on, think about the calculation in the following way;

People = 6
Quilts = 6(each)
Quilt length = 6
Quilt width = 6
= 6 * 6 * 6 * 6
= 6 ** 4
= 1296

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Hi guys, can I be offered some guidance on this question. >>If 6x6=36 or 1 quilt and there are six purchases of 6 6x6 quilt each, how is the 4 the exponent value?

…6 people have each requested 6 quilts… 6 quilts apiece for 6 people.

There are 6 people and each person has requested 6 quilts for himself/herself.
So, the total quilts required will be 36 or 6x6.

Each quilt has the dimension in tiles of 6x6.
There are 6 people.
Each person wants 6 quilts.
Therefore # of tiles required = 6 x 6 x 6 x 6 = 6 ** 4

Thank you so much. I got the first part but the second part I cound’t :(!

simply explained well understood👍 and

That’s the answer I was looking for :slight_smile: thank you!

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See, one quilt = 6*6, and in exponent form, it becomes 6**2 ( shows 2 6s). The answer is 36.

one_quilt = 6**2

Now, 6 people require 6 quilts each so, it again goes into this form: 6*6. The exponent form is 6**2 ( shows 6 quilts for each person). Again, the answer is 36.

total_quilts_for_six_people = 6**2

In the end, multiplying both answers gives us the total tiles: print(one_quilt*total_quilts_for_six_people)

Prints 1296 as its answer.

Hope it makes sense. Please correct me if I am wrong somewhere.

Could also answer 36 ** 2

@board1220084906 after reading your explanation i finally understood why the answer was (6 ** 4)

this answer makes is clear. Thanks

If this isn’t me. I LOVE this stuff but when it involves math I mentally shut down and struggle so much. Thanks for sharing similar thoughts :slight_smile: How is it going for you?

Here is a possible solution:

Since 6 people need 6 quilts each, you should write something like


This will calculate 6 people needing 6 6*6 quilts as (6^3) *6.

Another solution could be


I hope that this clears up your issue!