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# WORKING MATHEMATICALLY #12

Clusters
Below are four clusters of 8 dots each:
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Cluster A

Cluster B

Cluster C

Cluster D

1. a. Which is the most compact cluster of dots? b. Which is the least compact cluster of dots? c. List these clusters in order from most compact to least compact. Here are four more clusters of eight dots each:
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Cluster E

Cluster F

Cluster G

Cluster H

2. a. Which is the most compact cluster of dots? b. Which is the least compact cluster of dots? c. List these clusters in order from most compact to least compact.

3. Design a procedure or algorithm or formula for measuring the compactness of any cluster of dots. Use this procedure to assign a numerical value of compactness to the set of dots which you identified in 2a and 2b as the most and the least compact. Do your numbers seem reasonable in view of your original idea of compactness?

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