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 Zquare (Posted on 2004-10-10)

You have 5 squares joined by their sides in a Z pattern as shown. What is the fewest number of pieces and straight cuts neccesary so the pieces can form a single larger square if you can't use cuts that aren't straight, you can't move the pieces until all cuts have been done, you can't bend, fold or flex the squares, and you can't rotate or flip over the pieces when moving them to form the giant square?

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 re: 2 cuts, 3 pieces, symmetry | Comment 14 of 23 |
(In reply to 2 cuts, 3 pieces, symmetry by Jer)

Doesn't that require rotating the little triangles?  The problem says you can't rotate the pieces after you cut them.

Check out Tristan's solution.  It's close to yours (using the diagonal of two squares as the new side), but does not require any rotations.

 Posted by nikki on 2004-10-12 18:21:46

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