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Packing squares, again
Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:28 AM
What is the area of the smallest square that holds five unit squares without overlap?
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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
Edited by harey, 13 October 2013 - 06:55 PM.
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