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Simple dissection: the equilateral triangle



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Isn't 1,4,9,16,25... only possible numbers?

For equilateral triangles of the same size, yes, I believe that is correct. But consider an equilateral triangle made up of various sized equilateral triangles. For example:


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and this number is 5.


ET = Equilateral Triangle.

1) Any ET can be dissected into 4 ETs by connecting the middle points of its sides. Thus, if an ET can be dissected into n ETs then it can also be dissected into n+3 ETs by subdivision.

2) Any ET can be dissected into any even number k of ETs (k>4) by dividing one of its sides into k/2 equal segments and drawing line segments parallel to the other two sides forming a row of smaller ETs along the divided side.

From 1) and 2) any number greater than 5 is possible.

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