You are given six sticks of integral lengths 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Using these sticks, can you make a tetrahedron (4-sided, 3-D figure, with a triangle on each side)?
If so, show how. If not, replace any one of the sticks with the smallest stick of integral length greater than 6 that allows you to build such a tetrahedron and show how it can be done.
No, it cannot be done. In any triangle, every non-degraded triangle, each side must be less than the sum of the other two sides. This is not possible with a stick of length 1, if all of the other sticks are larger integers.
It is possible if the 1-stick is replaced with a 7-stick.
One way is to form the following triangles:
The above also works if the 4 and 3 sticks are swapped. Namely,
While I may have missed one, I only see 4 ways