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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Wooden Snake Puzzle - logic behind solution

I refer to the wooden snake puzzle in this post: Wooden Snake Puzzle I notice that there are 6 solutions to the 4x4x4 snake, which start respectively as follows: FRB… (↗→↙…, which is also the ...
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Ugh! The extra SQUARE! [duplicate]

Can you split this figure into two congruent pieces with a line? The line need not be straight. :D
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Finding the equation among shapes

There is a relation between the shapes in the top equation on the left side. If we apply such an equation to the bottom shapes, which one from the right choices can fill the question mark? Source: ...
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Combining parts to make an square

In the following picture, if one puts some of the shapes A, B, C, D, and E together, they can make a square. Then which shapes would be redundant? Only A Only D Only E A and D Can you construct the ...
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Putting the pips on a d6

Using a blank cube and a bunch of circular stickers, an average person constructs a d6. A d6 is also known as a six-sided die, or sometimes, a dice. For the purpose of this puzzle, the average person ...
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Odd-looking circle

A man is told to make a circle He makes this: Where is the man?
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Laser Beams in Helsinki Skies

(The first two chapters are just for flavour, you can safely skip to the TL;DR near the end.) This puzzle in situated Helsinki for a reason: for the city's "200 years as capital" celebration, the ...
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Minimal-length curve guaranteed to intersect all secants of circle [duplicate]

Consider a unit circle C. The goal is to find a curve L such that: all secant lines of C intersect L; the length of L is minimal among those with property 1 above. Any closed curve containing C (for ...
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Old 6-piece wooden cross puzzle

I found this old puzzle and have no idea how to get it together. I have been trying to complete it for several hours now but to no avail. The pieces of the puzzle are as follows: Also sorry if it has ...
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Minimize the intersection area

You are given two identical pieces of paper of size $a \times \sqrt{2} a$, like the standard DIN A4 paper. Put one paper on top of the other, such that none of the corners is under or above the other ...
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2018 January Challenge: Geometry [closed]

Considering it's the beginning of a new year, I have created the following challenge. I hope to make one every month until December 2018! Here goes: Show that $AD-AB>AC^3$. Do not use ...
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Two similar hand tiling puzzles

Make a square from each of these lists of aspect ratio $1:2$ rectangles 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 ...
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Dissect a square into 3:2 non-congruent integer-sided rectangles

(Similar to the recent 3:1 rectangle question) Tile a square completely with rectangles which have aspect ratio 3:2, integral side lengths and all different sizes. In other words selected from 2x3, ...
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Another geometrical puzzle! [closed]

After the mind-boggling Dissecting Square puzzle, here is yet another geometrical puzzle. But a lot easier. In the figure $AE = 111$ and other lengths are unknown. What is the value of $AB^2 + BC^...
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Draw ten dots that are all the same distance apart

I am wondering, is it possible to draw ten dots so that every dot has the same distance to every other one? And how many possibilities are there?
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4 identical shapes that touch each other?

It is known that one can have 4 shapes in a plane all touching each other, and not 5. You can add requirements to the 4 shape problem: Can you do it with 4 equal triangles? (No) Can you do it with 4 ...
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Dissect a square into 3:1 rectangles

I am being known for Geometrical and Topological Puzzles, So continuing with the trend here is another one. Completely dissect a square into the lowest number of different sized rectangles with ...
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Teacup geometry

Inspired by the three utilities puzzle from prog_SAHIL I'm now posting a similar puzzle that makes use of the topology of a cup with a handle: The question is: How many distinct points can you ...
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Make me a room-filling pattern!

So I need a new knitting pattern, but I figured this might be a nice puzzle. I'm looking for a pixelated 2D-shape that can be used in a room-filling pattern (rotation and flipping allowed). The ...
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Is $s$ larger than the radius of circumscribed circle?

In the figure, showing a square and an equilateral triangle, is $s$ larger or smaller than the radius of the circumscribed circle?
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Cannot solve Ubongo Extreme B-38 purple puzzle

Today, I was playing Ubongo Extreme and I could NOT solve the following puzzle: B-38, purple colour. Let me know if you can solve it!
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A minor rearrangement of the one sided hexominoes in 12 simultaneous shapes

Here are the one sided hexominoes arranged into 12 congruent shapes. But there are one or two flaws: The dark blue hexominoes, which are the symmetric ones, may not occur more than once each in a ...
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How many dimensions?

You have $n+1$ points in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space, such that the mutual distance between each pair of points is the same. Now imagine an $n$-dimensional generalization of a sphere, such that ...
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Mystery of the misprinted dice

Dan Hedfelt is a small gaming equipment manufacturer. Recently, he upgraded the machine that makes six sided dice, but the new machine started acting up, and he faced a production quality issue: the ...
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Hexominoes into 7 simultaneous congruent shapes

I came up with this puzzle 16 years ago, it was on Ed Pegg's Mathpuzzle site but nobody solved it AFAIK. The 35 hexominoes (which look like this): are to be arranged, in groups of five, into seven ...
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Three Right Triangles

There are three special right triangles, all of their edge lengths are positive integers. One of the triangles' longer leg, the other triangle's shorter leg and hypotenuse of the last triangle are ...
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How to Define the Intersection of a Rotated “Rectangle” in Spherical Coordinates [closed]

Can anyone tell me what is the intersection between the following two surfaces? The portion of a radius-1 spherical surface defined by four points: (r1, θ1, φ1), (r2, θ2, φ2), (r3, θ1, φ3), (r4, θ4, ...
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Independent Triangles with Straight Lines

Your task is to create independent triangles (which means they do not have the same edge) by drawing straight lines as exemplified below: In this example, there are $5$ lines and $5$ independent ...
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Measure the height of my neighbor's building

I'm standing on the roof of my building with nothing but a laser range-finder, and I want to know the height of my neighbor's home. Who can tell me how to do it with the least number of laser measures?...
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Triangle partial length of hypotenuse [closed]

How can I solve for X? What I did was solve for C, and then took (6/6+2)*C. It seems to work but I am not completely sure. Is there a better way?
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Turning the Horse Part 3

Here's the sequel to Turning the Goat Part 1 and Turning the Dog Part 2 As Hobble the horse stood on the hillside staring at the hurdle below, he wondered if he would ever have the courage and ...
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The smallest disc which could contain 11 coins

There are $11$ coins with $1$ unit radius and we are trying to put them inside a big disc with some radius. So What is the minimum radius of this disc? If this question was asked for $2$ coins, ...
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Is it possible to build this out of soma cube parts?

For those of you who dont know, these are soma cube parts: They can be assembled into a 3x3x3 cube. Is it possible to build a hollow cube with the extra little cube being on top, in the middle of ...
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Three Circles One Area

We have three circles where their centers are on the same line and PR is tangent to both small circles as shown below. If $|PR|=12$ unit, what is the area of blue part of the circle? Reference: A ...
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Two quadrilateral out of a hexagon

We have a hexagon shown as below with two quadrilaterals: Your task is: Slice hexagon into two pieces and combine these pieces to find shape $a$ Slice hexagon into three pieces and ...
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How many times does the coin turn around?

we have 10 coins, and we aligned 9 coins as shown below. The extra coin shown is being used to turn around the aligned coins. By turning it around like shown below, how many times would the coin ...
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How many cubes are crossed by the diagonal (if HCF is not 1)?

There is a big cube of dimension 110 * 154 * 385 made up of smaller 1 * 1 * 1 dimension cubes. A body (main) diagonal is drawn. How many smaller 1 * 1 * 1 cubes will it cut?
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Create a 1 meter measure

How many folding steps do you need to create a $1 \, \text{m}$ measure from an ideal DIN A0 sheet? This sounds easy, but consider that this paper has edge lengths of $\sqrt[4]{2} \, \text{m}$ and $\...
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Polygon neighbors

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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Six pyramids in a cube

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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Radar towers in a military field

The military field has rectangle shape with the dimension of 16 km to 12 km and recently there are some drone activities around the area and drones are not welcome to the military region! Your ...
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Arrange six cigarettes in such a way that each cigarette touches every other cigarette [duplicate]

What are some ways to arrange six cigarettes in such a way that each cigarette touches every other cigarette?
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A hungry ant on a matchbox

A hungry ant is standing on the top of an empty matchbox cover (without its drawer) and has detected the smell of a drop of honey on the floor of the cover as shown in the figure below. What is the ...
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15 pawns on a chessboard

15 pawns are placed on the centers of distinct squares of a chessboard. Prove that there are three pawns which form a right triangle. In the example board below, a couple of right triangles are ...
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Wooden Snake Puzzle

I have a wooden snake puzzle in my collection that has been unsolved for years. I wondered if any of you might be interested. I have fiddled with it, but think it might need dynamic programming or ...
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Help! I lost my marble(s)!

Tomorrow is the annual meetup for the Northwest Region Marble Lovers Association. The days festivities will include various marble games, admiring collections of marbles, a guest speaker who will talk ...
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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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Rope between 2 poles

A 10 meter long rope with uniform mass-density and bending module is hanging between two poles. Given the fact that both ends of the rope are 5 meters higher than the lowest point of the rope, find ...
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8 Train Stations

You are going to build $8$ train stations and the railroads with it in an area. But you are asked to build these stations and their railroads in a very efficient way where there has to be the least ...
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Point mass soldiers in Fogland

A troop of N immortal point mass soldiers (with N >= 3) are attempting to infiltrate Fogland (an infinite 2-dimensional plane covered in fog). They will jump out of an airplane and, after being ...