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If you have a total number of 24 matchsticks in squares and you have to remove 6 of them and make 3 squares with the rest of them, how would you do this and can you give me a visual solution please...

 

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How about:

 

Start with this (horizontal doublets represent one matchstick)
 – –– ––
|  |  |  |
 –– –– ––
|  |  |  |
 –– –– ––
|  |  |  |
 –– –– ––
and end with this
 –– –– ––
|  |  |  |
 ––
|     |  |
 –– –– 
|        |
 –– –– ––
 
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24-6 = 18
If you have unlimited number of moves, you can make three squares using 18 matches:

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|   |
|_ _|
- 1 square, using 8 matches
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- 2 squares, using 10 matches

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Please ignore the prior post.

Let the remaining matchsticks be located at these coordinates on the xy-axes:

(0, 0) to (0, 1)

(0, 1) to (0, 2)

(0, 2) to (0, 3)

(2, 0) to (2, 1)

(2, 1) to (2, 2)

(2, 2) to (2, 3)

(3, 1) to (3, 2)

(3, 2) to (3, 3)

(0, 0) to (1, 0)

(1, 0) to (2, 0)

(0, 1) to (1, 1)

(1, 1) to (2, 1)

(2, 1) to (3, 1)

(0, 2) to (1, 2)

(1, 2) to (2, 2)

(2, 2) to (3, 2)

(0, 3) to (1, 3)

(1, 3) to (2, 3)

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