(In reply to
re(2): Equal area, congruent triangles. by Richard)
"It is not possible to dissect a square into an odd number of equal area triangles. If we can dissect a unit square into an odd number, n, of rectangles, then each rectangle has area 1/n, and since n is an odd integer, 1/ n_{2} <= 1. We will show that we must have 1/n_{2}> 1, so this will prove the result."
Here's a link to the rest of the proof by Paul Monsky:
http://www.math.lsu.edu/~verrill/teaching/math7280/triangles.pdf
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Edited on February 5, 2006, 12:52 pm

Posted by Mindrod
on 20060205 02:07:14 