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12-Matchsticks

1 This shape made with

12-matchsticks has an area of five squares.

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Now arrange the same 12-matchsticks to enclose an area of six and four squares. The same perimeter can enclose different areas.

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3 The solutions are shown

in the left and right hand illustrations.

Test it on a graph paper.

Area of this triangle will be ½ ( Base x Height ) = ½ x 3 x 4 = 6-squares

Area of this shape will be 6-2 = 4-squares

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