When I learned straightedge-and-compass constructions in school, I would construct a square by constructing right angles in various places.

# Tag: square

## More On The Rectangle Puzzle

Last week, I posted a solution to a puzzle – how can you find a rectangle whose area equals its perimeter?

This week, I’ll post a simpler solution.

## Pythagoras Jigsaw Puzzles

“Everyone” knows that 3×3 + 4×4 = 5×5. This little factoid, and other Pythagorean triplets, can be the basis of a nice set of puzzles. Here’s the first. If you draw a 5×5 square on graph paper, how can you cut it up (following the lines on the graph paper) so that the pieces can be rearranged to form a 3×3 square and a 4×4 square?

This is not so hard to do. Here’s one possible solution :