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Cutting a Rectangle (Posted on 2007-12-07) Difficulty: 3 of 5
How many ways can a 3x4 rectangle be cut into two polyominoes by cutting along the grid lines? (Not counting reflections and rotations.)
Examples of valid cuts are shown in the first row and invalid cuts are shown in the second row:
+--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+
|     |     |   |           |   |  |        |   |  |        |
+  +  +  +  +   +  +--+  +  +   +  +--+--+  +   +  +  +  +  +
|     |     |   |  |  |     |   |        |  |   |  |        |
+--+--+  +  +   +  +--+  +  +   +  +  +--+  +   +  +  +  +  +
|           |   |           |   |     |     |   |  |        |
+--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+

+--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+
|     |     |   |           |   |  |        |   |     /     |
+  +  +  +  +   +--+--+  +  +   +  +  +--+  +   +  + /+  +  +
|     |     |   |  |  |     |   |        |  |   |   /       |
+--+--+  +  +   +  +--+  +  +   +  +--+--+  +   +  +  +  +  +
|     |     |   |           |   |     |     |   |  |        |
+--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+   +--+--+--+--+

See The Solution Submitted by Brian Smith    
Rating: 4.0000 (1 votes)

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re(3): Solution missed some | Comment 6 of 8 |
(In reply to re(2): Solution missed some by Charlie)

I'm just glad I found them all.

My strategy was to pick a starting point on the edge for the cut.  There are only 3 of these not counting relflections and rotations.
For each of these there is a limited number of finishing places.  For each given start & finish there are generally 2 (but in one case 1 in one case 2 and in two cases 4) ways of connecting them.  Add in the two donuts and you have them all.

  Posted by Jer on 2007-12-07 16:35:59

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