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Triangles to Squares (Posted on 2003-01-20) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You have 8 wooden right-angle isosceles triangles (the lengths of the two lines that make up the right angle are equal). These are numbered from 1 to 8. Every single triangle is equal in size. Using these triangles how many DIFFERENT squares can you make. (Not neccesarily all at once)

Note: A square must be entirely wooden in order for it count. A square cannot have the exact same combination of triangles that have already been used.e.g if you used triangles 1 and 2 in one combination you can never have a square made from only triangles 1 and 2. (However triangles 1 and 3 would make a distinct square)

  Submitted by Alan    
Rating: 3.6000 (5 votes)
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Well first you must realize that there are 3 ways to make these triangles.

1.Two triangles with thier long sides touching. There are 28 different squares you can make using 2 trangles.

2.Four triangles with all their right angles touching. There are 70

3.All 8 triangles put together(this is done by having all the triangles be put into squares of two then those 4 squares being put into a supersquare)There is only 1.

So altogether there are (28+70+1) triangles that cane be made. So that means there are 99 different squares you can make.

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  Subject Author Date
niceCharming2003-04-07 07:47:58
re: solution?terry2003-01-23 02:37:51
solution?epperson2003-01-22 20:15:01
re(2): Solution?TomM2003-01-21 03:27:54
re(2): Solution?Alan2003-01-20 11:08:10
Solutionre: Solution?friedlinguini2003-01-20 10:51:55
SolutionSolution?fwaff2003-01-20 06:13:11
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