Best Answer harey, 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

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Best Answer harey, 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Spoiler for I think I can do better

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:28 AM

What is the area of the smallest square that holds five unit squares without overlap?

- Bertrand Russell

Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:22 PM

I think the smallest square would be a 3 x 3.

If we start with the most compact area to contain 4 unit squares, it would be a 2 x 2 square. The addition of another unit square will force it to add at least one row or column - thus forcing you to a 2x3 configuration. To meet the criteria of the problem, we must expand that to a 3 x 3

There are multiple configurations [many are just reflections of others

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM Best Answer

Spoiler for I think I can do better

**Edited by harey, 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM.**

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