First, draw out a 10x10 grid. Take the shape below and see how many you can fit in the 10x10 grid. It should take up 6 grid squares. Also, it can be rotated. Hexomino

1) How many can you fit in the grid?

2) Can you prove that this is the most possible?

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I managed to put 16 shapes into the image Solution


This is the maximum possible, as there are only four squares left

  • $\begingroup$ This was the same solution that I had. So far, this is the only one I've seen with 16 (without just rotating it.) $\endgroup$
    – user41716
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 14:16
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    $\begingroup$ I probably didn't say that very clearly. What I was trying to say is that I know 16 is the most, but this is the only configuration I've seen for 16 so far. @D.Mellow $\endgroup$
    – user41716
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ Alright, now do the picture with only 4 colors on the map ;) $\endgroup$
    – phroureo
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Faraz I verified using a computer program that the solution is essentially unique. It found only this configuration and its mirror image. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 22:12
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    $\begingroup$ @phroureo There you go $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 14:09

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