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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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Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle

Let's pack some (one or more) T hexominoes together with some (one or more) small $a\times b$ rectangles into some bigger $m\times n$ rectangle without holes and overlapping pieces. For example, I ...
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Drawing something using one pen stroke

Can you determine if it's possible to draw a geometric figure (made up from shapes like rectangles, triangles, and other regular shapes) with one pen stroke and not drawing the same line twice. I am ...
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rescue operation - where is your partner?

Your partner's space ship has crashed on an uninhabited planet. Only the radio transmitter and his compass were still in operation. He asks you to rescue him, and tells you how to find him by the ...
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Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle

See my similar question about T hexomino (Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle) This is exactly same but with other polyomino - Z pentomino. Let's pack some (one or more) Z ...
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Tiling rectangles with X pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 Next ...
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Tiling rectangles with W pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with V pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with U pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Is this Tetris puzzle solvable?

As a birthday present last year, I received some fridge magnets. They didn't come as a puzzle, so I don't know if they have a solution, but I made a puzzle out of them anyway. The magnets are ...
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Find a straight tunnel

There is a circular area with radius 1 km. And there is a tunnel, which is just under the surface, but invisible - unless you dig. It is known that the tunnel goes under the area (at least touches it ...
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Blindfolded and disoriented near the Great Wall of China

You are blindfolded and disoriented, standing exactly 1 mile from the Great Wall of China. How far must you walk to find the wall? Assume the earth is flat and the Great Wall is infinitely long and ...
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4D Maze Creation!

I have a problem for anybody who cares to try. You're job is to take a 10x10x10x10 size tesseract and design a maze that fits. The maze must be a perfect maze (no loops, one path cannot be followed ...
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Slicing a donut 3 ways - what's the most number of pieces?

Let's say you have a donut. You are allowed to slice it 3 times. Each slice must be a perfectly straight cut. What is the highest number of donut pieces you can end up with after 3 slices? Assume ...
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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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Martin Gardner - Crazy Cut

You are to make one cut (or draw one line) – of course it needn’t be straight – that will divide the figure into two identical parts. Source
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How many different non congruent polygons can you make on a 3x3 dot grid?

There is a $3\times3$ dot grid. How many different non-congruent polygons can you make on the grid? Rules: All vertices of the polygon must be on the grid Only non self intersecting polygons Only ...
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Check to see if a Configuration is Possible: prove there's an Hamiltonian path on a connected subset of the square grid graph

Alright, here's a new one for you guys. Instead of solving it, you need to determine if any given configuration is possible to solve, without actually solving it. It needs to be a general method of ...
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How can 64 = 65?

Here is a interesting picture with two arrangements of four shapes. How can they make a different area with the same shapes?
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Fastest way to collect an arbitrary army

I am looking for solution of this puzzle: There is a kingdom with a square shape with sides of length 1. The castle is located at the center of the square. At the castle the king lives under the ...
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Unlucky tiling: Arrange thirteen right isosceles triangles into a square

Link to next puzzle in this series:Five graded difficulty isosceles right triangle into square tilings Two difficult "Seventeen right isosceles triangles into a square" tilings V.hard ...
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Create a 3 inch measurement

How will you create a 3 inch (within say plus or minus 0.05 inch) side on a standard piece of paper ( 8.5 x 11 inches) merely by Folding? No marking of any kind allowed. Only one paper available. ...
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Cutting a cake into 8 pieces

Say, you are given a cake which you must share with 7 others. So, you must cut the cake into 8 pieces. But, you are only allowed to make 3 straight cuts. You cannot move pieces of the cake after the ...
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20 right isosceles triangles into a square

Similar: Unlucky tiling: Arrange thirteen right isosceles triangles into a square Five graded difficulty isosceles right triangle into square tilings Two difficult "Seventeen right isosceles ...
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Five graded difficulty isosceles right triangle into square tilings

Similar to: Unlucky tiling: Arrange thirteen right isosceles triangles into a square Two difficult "Seventeen right isosceles triangles into a square" tilings V.hard problem, 20 right ...
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Two difficult “Seventeen right isosceles triangles into a square” tilings

Similar to: Unlucky tiling: Arrange thirteen right isosceles triangles into a square Five graded difficulty isosceles right triangle into square tilings V.hard problem, 20 right isosceles triangles ...
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Unreflected infinitely simple polygon reflexivity

(This was retrofitted to more tightly match a surprise solution and to allow for another puzzle with the original intent.)                   &...
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Termite eating through a large cube composed of 27 smaller cubes while not moving diagonally

The is a large cube formed by gluing together 27 smaller cubes of uniform size (see figure). A termite starts at the center of a face of any of the outside cubes and bores a path that takes him once ...
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Infinitely simple polygon solipsism

           Solipsism — The self is all that can be known to exist. Above is a simple polygonal region divided into infinitely many different-...
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Chaos and Order: a visual puzzle in stained glass

I created a visual puzzle, which my wife then implemented as part of a stained-glass window. I've no idea if it is (a) obvious, (b) stupid or hopefully (c) extremely clever, and hence would love to ...
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Turning a goat?

This is a goat made up of 5 sticks. You have to move (change position) any one stick of them such that its head turns to the right side (above the right leg). Notice currently its head is on the left ...
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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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Plant 9 trees in 10 rows of 3

"Tree-planting" puzzles are also known as "points and lines" puzzles. The English puzzle author and mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney was very fond of them. In 1917, Dudeney published a collection ...
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A Surprising Circle Packing

A grocery store has a long, skinny box, with no top, that it uses to display soda. The box is two soda cans wide and 200 soda cans long. You can neatly fit 400 cans in this box, using two rows of 200, ...
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Triangle in a circle

Suppose three points are chosen at random in a circle. A triangle is made with these three points as vertices. What's the probability that the triangle contains the origin of the circle? (Although I ...
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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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Touching Matchsticks

You are asked to place matchsticks on a flat surface such that each matchstick end meets three others, and no matches cross. It is easy to achieve this for patterns that extend indefintely: The ...
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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 ...
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Baggage Problem: $1.5$-meter-long sword onto a train

This is the problem I came across reading the book The Art and Craft of Problem Solving. When I read this question I wasn't able to figure out the solution and I saw the solution after a while, but ...
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Escaping a hungry lion you can't outrun

You are at the edge of an enormous circular arena. A hungry lion is eying you from the centre of this area. You are both capable of running at the same maximum speed, but constraint within the arena. ...
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Wolves and a Hare on a tiny planet

On a tiny spherical planet there exist $N$ wolves and 1 hare. The planet is so small any of these creatures can circle it in exactly 1 day. No creature needs to sleep or eat. The wolves communicate ...
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Fair share of a square watermelon?

One hot day, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny were sitting outside with a square watermelon (actually it was a cube like the picture below). Stan says "Let's cut the watermelon into 3 equal slices (like the ...
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A clock where the hour and minute hands are the same length

Your buddy Frankie sold you a shoddy clock: it keeps good time, but the minute and hour hands look exactly the same! Both of these hands move continuously, and there is no second hand. How many times ...
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Connect four towers by roads

Four guard towers are situated in a square formation of side length 1km. A general wants to build roads to connect the towers so that one can walk from any tower to any tower along the roads, possibly ...
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The adventitious 18-gon

Today I have drawn a regular $18$-gon on a piece of paper. My drawing shows the $18$ vertices of the polygon labeled as $P_1,P_2,\ldots,P_{18}$ in clockwise order, and it also shows all $135$ ...
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Triangle with incircle [closed]

This question is from the German mathematics competition Känguru der Mathematik. In this competition students have to solve 30 mathematical tasks like this in 90 minutes without calculator. Actually ...
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Cops - The ultimate compass challenge [closed]

Based on The square and the compass This is a new kind of challenge proposed on Meta Puzzling SE. Any discussion about the general type of puzzle (rather than this particular one) can be done there. ...