Questions tagged [dissection]

A geometric puzzle where a given figure has to be cut into a number of pieces subject to a number of constraints.

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3³+4³+5³=6³ Puzzle

A classic puzzle asks us to break a 6x6x6 cube into the smallest number of pieces which can be reassembled into 3 physically separate cubes of sizes 3, 4, & 5. 3³+4³+5³ =27+64+125 =216 =6³ An 8-...
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Tile a square with five rectangles with 10 distinct edges

The baby brother of: Cutting a square into seven rectangles Tile a square with five rectangles. Select the lengths of the edges of the rectangles from the set $1$ through $10$, with no length ...
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Make a square table top with the minimal needed amount of straight cuts

inspired by : Make a square table top with six (or fewer) pieces A carpenter has three pieces of beautiful wood, measuring 12 inches, 15 inches, and 16 inches square, respectively. They want to use ...
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Make a square table top with six (or fewer) pieces

A man had three pieces of beautiful wood, measuring 12 inches, 15 inches, and 16 inches square respectively. He wanted to cut these into the fewest pieces possible that would fit together and form a ...
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The Challenge Square

Q: Can you divide this shape into 4 equal parts, and then form a square? This puzzle was published by Henry Dudeney who received the puzzle from Edward B. Escott.
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Ammann chair tiling puzzle

The Amman chair is an interesting shape that can be dissected in two pieces that are smaller copies of the original. The sizes of the two pieces are different. The ratio between the areas of the ...
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A pizza dilemma

You are a waiter at a restaurant. The restaurant is known for its signature dish: the Donut Pizza. The Donut Pizza is a 5-inch square pizza with a 1-inch square hole in the middle. After several ...
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Pythagorean pentagons

To follow up on the theme of so called "pythagorean" dissections, here is one more for you to chew on. I hope you don't get bored. The pentagons above have sides respectively 3, 4 and 5. ...
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5 points on a ball, divide the ball into 2 halves so that one half as exactly 4 points

Suppose that you take a pen and mark five points on a ball. I claim that no matter where you draw those points, I can always slice the ball into two equal halves (two equal and closed hemispheres) ...
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Dissection Puzzle - The Umbrella Stand

You own a square-shaped table. You want to drill a small hole in the center to place an umbrella stand. Unfortunately, you're a little drunk: Alas. Fortunately, not all is lost. You are sober now, ...
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Divide 3 cakes into 4 equal parts?

You have three cakes of diameter 20cm, 16cm and 12cm respectively as shown in the figure. They all have the same height. Now your task is to divide these 3 cakes into 4 equal parts and you are ...
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Dissecting a figure into 2, 3, 4, and 5 parts but not 6

This figure is divided in 2, 3 and 4 equal parts of same size and shape, but it is not possible to do it in 5 equal parts of same size and shape. Is it possible to find a figure that can be divided ...
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Dissect this figure into four pieces which can be reassembled to form a square

How can you cut this figure into four (not necessarily identical) pieces which can be reassembled to form a square? Rotating and flipping the pieces is allowed. Hole(s) in the final square are allowed....
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Cutting a cross made of 5 equal squares by 2 straight cut into 4 figure to together form a square

The figure below consists of 5 equal squares in the form of a Greek cross: Please show how to divide it with two straight cuts into 4 equal pieces which will fit together to form a square. A MSE told ...
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Dissecting a square

You are asked to dissect an $N \times N$ square into polyomino pieces such that each piece shares a portion of its boundary with exactly $D$ other pieces, and no piece has area exceeding $N$. This can ...
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Find smallest rectangle divided into figures so each figure has 5 neighbours

The following 3x4 rectangle can be cut into pieces along grid lines, so that each piece has exactly three neighbors: Problem: Find the smallest rectangle on the integer grid that can be cut into ...