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03-10-2009, 10:34 AM
As a distraction from all the doom, gloom, and broken glass, could I interest y'all in a puzzle?

How does that work?


P.I. Stazzer-Newt
03-10-2009, 10:41 AM
The hypotenuses on the multi coloured triangles - are not straight lines.

Keith Wilson
03-10-2009, 10:45 AM
The hypotenuses of the two small triangles aren't parallel: 2/5 does not equal 3/8. Thus the angled side of the larger figure is concave in the upper figure, but convex in the lower one.

That's a good one! http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

ron ll
03-10-2009, 10:46 AM
Good eye. I was just about ready to throw away everything I knew about geometry.

Keith Wilson
03-10-2009, 10:47 AM
My eye's not that good, but the math doesn't lie.

ron ll
03-10-2009, 10:49 AM
My pappy used to say, figures don't lie but liars do figure.

George Roberts
03-10-2009, 12:09 PM
There is nothing wrong with the puzzle.


A usual math construction allows one to map any size figure into a similar figure of a different size.

03-10-2009, 12:20 PM
ever wonder about cylindrical soup cans packed in rectangular boxes , stacked on a standard square pallet and then loaded into a freight container ..

that gap is someones job