Friday math movie: Using slope to bust a magic trick
[13 Jan 2012]
You’ve probably seen this famous puzzle.
On the left is a square with sides 8 units. This gives us 64 small squares. After cutting the square into 4 pieces as shown, we can re-arrange them to give a rectangle with dimensions 13 × 5 units. This gives us 65 small squares.
Where did the extra square come from?
Try to solve it before watching the video!
This week’s movie gives us some insight into this problem.
Video by: Math Pickle.