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If you’ve been reading for a while, you might remember this puzzle: Can you find a rectangle whose area equals its perimeter?
For example, a 6 x 3 rectangle has a perimeter of 18 units, and the area is 18 square units. The same number!
Continue reading You Won’t Believe This Amazing Formula
Math permeates everyday life. It’s a bit cliché to say that, but nonetheless it’s true. It also means that parents can do wonders for a kids’ math education – there are things moms and dads can do that teachers cannot match.
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How long and wide must a rectangle be, for its area to equal its perimeter? Assume the width and length are whole numbers.
This is a nice little puzzle to let younger kids explore – if they find the puzzle as interesting or frustrating as I expect, they’ll remember the formulae for perimeter and area for the rest of their lives. For older kids, a bit of algebra gives the answer quickly.
Continue reading Perimeter, Area and Volume