Maths Topic 22 - Nets of 3D shapes and boxes

Nets of 3D Shapes and open boxes are often tested in 11+ and Selective School exams in the UK.


Example Question 1:

Which of the following  shapes are nets for a cube?


Explanation: A cube has 6 faces which rules out option (c). Shapes a and e are impossible to fold into a 3D cube.

Example Question 2:

Which of the following shapes are nets for an open box?

Answer: a & d

Explanation: A net for a box needs a base and 4 sides. The side faces need to be positioned so that they provide an edge for the box and this is not possible in answer options b, c & e

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