Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Popsicle sticks

You have gathered 22 Popsicle sticks. How can you use them to mark a rectangle of the largest area, without breaking the sticks?


Alin Grin said...

a 10 X 1 rectangle

Maria said...

This will produce a rectangle with an area of 10 square sticks. You can do better than that with a different sticks arrangement.

Anonymous said...

5x6 = 30 square sticks

Maria said...

Funny, how you can get three times more in "land" by changing the arrangement of sticks.

This is similar to the "Inheritance" puzzle http://themathmompuzzles.blogspot.com/2009/05/inheritance.html

Please reveal your name, so we will count you in the list on the right. And the rest of the readers will know whom to contact when they have inheritance problems.

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