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# Are your spatial reasoning skills strong? Try these to find out

What is spatial reasoning?

Spatial reasoning is the ability to think about objects and figures in 3D and draw conclusions with limited information. If you have strong spatial reasoning skills, you will be able to visualise what an object looks like when it is rotated.

Here are a few simple exercises to help you get started with

Do you think it is possible to build a closed cube from the given cut-out?

It would be easy to answer if you had the option to physically manipulate the cut-out. But if you have strong spatial reasoning skills, you will be able to visualise that making a closed cube from this cut-out is not possible.

Why?

If 1 is at the bottom, 2 comes to the left and 3 comes to the right. 4 comes to the top and 5 comes in the front. However, if we proceed this way 6 will overlap 5 and there will be no face left to cover the back-side of the cube.

Hence, forming a closed cube is not possible.

Although, something like this would work:

Hint: Try numbering the faces to figure your way out!

2. How will the figure below appear when folded twice; first folding along the vertical line, then folding along the horizontal line?

You will get something like this.

This is because the top-right and bottom-left circles will overlap each other while the circles at the centre will overlap each other.

3. Take a look at the figure below. It’s the same cube shown differently. In this situation, what number is on the face opposite 1?

Were you able to guess this one right?
Let’s try another one:

How will the shadow of the cylinder appear on the screen, when it is placed horizontally with the circular front facing the torch?

What if the torch is directly above it?

It’s fun to figure out answers this way, isn’t it?

While we agree that it’s fun, it is also an important skill to build. Visualising helps us become better problem solvers. When you are good at spatial reasoning, you can reason well through mental visualisation.

We can therefore conclude the following:

1. Spatial reasoning widens our understanding
2. It lets us visualise objects from new angles.
3. Spatial reasoning promotes quick thinking.
4. It helps us break down complex structures to evaluate information.
5. It helps discover patterns and understand symmetry.

In a Cuemath class, every child is exposed to problems that help build spatial reasoning skills through mental aptitude exercises. By the time the skill is mastered, they are able to visualise objects from a whole new perspective.

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#### Isha Chakraborty

Isha is the resident Cuemath content writer, and an avid reader.