Questions tagged [geometry]

A puzzle related to shapes, geometric objects (polygons, circles, solids, etc.) of any number of dimensions, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.

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You could help me, couldn't you?

Introduction I am an enthusiastic geometry student, preparing for my first quiz. Yet while revising I accidentally spilt my coffee onto my notes. Can you rescue me and draw me a diagram so that I ...
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Ernie and the Superconducting Boxes

I was in anticipation all last week. Ernie, who had been travelling for several months, was finally coming home. So over the weekend I dropped in on him. He was bursting with news. "Some wonderful ...
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Five Angles in a Star

In a regular pentagram (5-pointed star), the angle in each point is 36 degrees, so the angles in all five points sum to 180 degrees: What about an irregular pentagram, such as the following? Now the ...
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Help me, I hate squares!

There is $5$x$5$ equidistance matrix dot given as below; You need to remove dots from the figure where it will be impossible to form a square by drawing lines between dots at the end. So what is ...
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The ultimate conversion of a square into right angle pyramid

This is a follow up of other puzzles. Here a general case of which the other cases are a subset. Given a square of any size, cut it into four pieces to be reassembled into a right angle pyramid (the ...
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Simple geometry. Or is it?

I've got a regular tetrahedron and a square pyramid. Every edge of the two solids has the same length. If I perfectly attach one face of the tetrahedron to one of the triangular faces of the square ...
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How can this shape perfectly cover a cube?

The following shape: can be folded onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube with no gaps and no overlaps. How can this be done?
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3D? No-no! 3 Sides

Introducing the Isometric Nonogram! α) "Boar"ing Definition [oink] Column: Blue Part + Green Cell Row: Yellow Part + Green Cell Adjacent/ Continuous cells: Purple Cell + any of the Orange ...
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Coin around shapes: A Geometric paradox?

Here is a circular coin with diameter D Figure A From its starting position the small coin goes completely around a bigger circular body of diameter 4D without slipping, always in contact ...
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Cover a cube with four-legged walky-squares!

This is a four-legged walky-square: This shape has an interesting property: It is possible to map multiple copies of this shape onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire ...
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Can you perfectly wrap a cube with this blocky shape?

The following blocky shape: can be folded onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube with no gaps and no overlaps. How can it be done?
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A dozen into six rows?

You were given 12 coins by your friend. He bet that if you could arrange these dozen coins into 6 rows of 4 coins such that it makes two similar shapes, he will give you 12 more coins. How will you do ...
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Unfold a right angle pyramid into a square

This puzzle refers to a feature of right angle pyramid: The relation between the areas of the three perpendicular faces and the diagonal surface area is given as - $S^2_x+S^2_y+S^2_z = S^2_d$ ...
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The distance between David and Eric

Alice and Bob are looking at each other, both turn $10$ degrees and now they both can directly see Claire. If they continue turning in their same directions before, Alice will directly able to see ...
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Shapes with 1/4 area of a quadrilatral

Given nine points connected as described by the black lines. G the middle of AC, I the middle of ED, and H middle of BF. By adding segments connecting points in the drawing, create shapes with area 1/...
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A pyramid from a square

Given a square piece of paper. Cut it into 4 pieces that could be used to create a right angle pyramid - the 4 pieces are the faces of the pyramid.
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Five 5-cent coins touching each other

Is it possible to position five 5-cent coins so that each coin touches the other four coins?
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Run to a point in a triangle in shortest time [closed]

This is a generalization of a puzzle that dealt with an equilateral triangle. Assume three runners with the following speeds - 4.5, 6.2, and 8.7 meters/sec. They are at the corners of a triangle with ...
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How can this fractal shape perfectly cover a certain platonic solid?

The following fractal shape has a surprising property: This two-dimensional shape can be folded onto the surface of a regular polyhedron (one of the five platonic solids) in a way that perfectly ...
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A blanket for my baby snake

Mama snake wants to knit a blanket for little baby snake. She is not a dissipater and wants to make the blanket of a minimal size (area). But her baby snake is quite a lively baby and it always ...
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How much water do you need to cross the desert?

This question is inspired by Terry Pratchett's "Small Gods," in which an army crosses a vast desert by making multiple trips and caching water along the way. 1. Provide an answer. 2. I doubt I'm the ...
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Combine two squares into a square with the sum of the two

The red square is placed on top of a blue square The goal is to cut the red square into 4 pieces and assemble them with the blue square to create a larger square. The area of the resulting square is ...
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Can you cover a cube with copies of this shape?

The following shape has an interesting property: It is possible to map multiple copies of this shape onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube with no gaps and no ...
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Create a cube from identical 3D objects

The diagram is the outline of the surface of a 3D object. Several objects, like the one created from this given surface, may be used to create a cube. Let me know if you need more clarifications to ...
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Shortest time to meet

Three runners are located at the corners of an equilateral triangle, 100 meter a side. They run to a point inside the triangle and their goal is to do it as fast as possible. If they run at the same ...
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Polygon Construction for Specified Number of Interior and Boundary Lattice Points

Construct a simple polygon on a grid of equal-distanced points such that: all the polygon's vertices are grid points, there are exactly $i~(\geq 0)$ lattice points in the interior, and ...
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Peaceful Encampments

This math puzzle is due to Donald Knuth (as far as I know; maybe he got it from someone else) circa 2014. Consider a plain represented by the unit square. On this plain we want to “peacefully ...
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Four-in-a-line Puzzle

Disclaimer: This is an open-problem, I don't have a complete solution for this puzzle yet. We are playing a $2$-player game: you as a challenger and me as a judge. Initially, there is an empty ...
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Bisect the given shape

Given the shape below, the challenge is to bisect it by placing the two segments on the shape. All segments are length 6. The resulting two shapes need to have the same area but does not need to be ...
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The Tiled Labyrinth Returns

This is a variant on The Tiled Labyrinth. The rules are the same, except that the goal has changed. You will probably want to use this script which was created for the initial puzzle but applies ...
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Why are these shapes impossible to draw with the given rules?

The image above shows a group of shapes, all with lines leading to their center point. These shapes cannot be drawn with the following rules: You may not trace over over an already existing line. You ...
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9x9 Map Path: In and out next to each other?

This isn't something I read in a book or anything, it's more of a puzzle I thought up for myself. However, I am unable to find a solution. Here's my problem: If I create a 9x9 checkerboard, and ...
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Pulling Apart a Jigsaw Puzzle

Assume you have a jigsaw puzzle that is also a tessellation. This means every piece has an identical shape and can be assembled into a 2D pattern that fills the plane with no gaps. Such a jigsaw ...
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Find the area of the rectangle

The image below shows a half circle, and a rectange DBFE. Your task is simply to calculate the area of the rectangle, based on the information given in the image.
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Two rectangles for the price of one

Can you re-arrange these rectangles to form another rectangle, but with different dimensions (dimensions commute in this case)?
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Find the unknown area, x

The image below shows one large rectangle, with smaller rectangles inside it. Your task is simply to calculate the area of the red rectangle, marked with an x. Note that I have deliberately made the ...
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Flea on infinite chessboard jumping with irrational vector eventually changes square color [closed]

Question from Engel's Problem Solving Strategies: An infinite chessboard consists of $1 \times 1$ squares. A flea starts on a white square and makes jumps by $\alpha$ to the right and $\beta$ upwards, ...
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Reflections in a Square

An ideal billiards table (no friction, ideal reflections off of the walls, no pockets) is shaped like a square. From the bottom-left corner, shoot a point-sized cue ball at some angle. What is the ...
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What are the fewest weights you need to balance any weight from a triangular seesaw?

I saw this question: What's the fewest weights you need to balance any weight from 1 to 40 pounds? Suppose you want to create a set of weights so that any object with an integer weight from ...
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Can't figure this one out.. What is the missing box?

I've been stuck on this for ages, and can't figure this out. What is the missing box, and the logic behind the answer? This was taken from a Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment practice trial.
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What is the Universal Translator censoring?

Lieutenant, launch the polar probes! Launching probes, sir. Failure, sir. Probes did not land at the poles. Well!? Where are they? Unknown, sir. Somewhere off-axis. They did land on ...
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Which of the six tiles is missing? — An IQ Test Question

Which of the six tiles below is missing? I honestly do not know the answer. I took a screenshot of this from an online IQ test a while back. If you know where it is from, please let me know, and I ...
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That's an odd coin - I wonder why [closed]

Around the world, there are several roughly polygonal coins. Here's an example: One thing you'll notice is that they all have an odd number of sides. It turns out that this is universally true for ...
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Geometry From Hell

You’re locked in a room with nothing but a pencil, a math compass, and paper. You do not have a straightedge. Your captors have informed you that you cannot leave until you construct (the endpoints of)...
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Make the largest box from a cardboard sheet Chapter #2

Please see: Make the largest box from a cardboard sheet Thanks to his older brother's friends: @Oray, @Weather Vane and @mlk, the boy managed to make as large cardboard box as possible. Unfortunately,...
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Make the largest box from a cardboard sheet

A boy in order to tidy his room asks his parents for a cardboard box to store lots of small toys. Unfortunately they didn't find any but only a raw cardboard sheet of dimensions ...
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Can you see out of the forest?

You are standing at the centre of a circular forest of radius 500 metres. The trees of this very regularly planted forest stand in a precise rectangular lattice on the plane, each 10 metres from the ...
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Can this be drawn in one line without going over the line?

Can this image be drawn in one line and without going over any lines?
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What is the most triangles you can make from a capital “H” and 3 straight lines?

So start with an upper case H, and then draw $3$ straight lines. What is the greatest number of closed triangles that you can form? For example: Note that triangles inside of triangles only count ...
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Geometry haberdasher problem - square to equilateral triangle variation

Let me remind the haberdasher's problem, proposed in 1907 by the puzzle composer Henry Dudeney. Dissect an equilateral triangle to a square, with only three cuts. I would like to propose the ...