RAY: This puzzler is from the matchstick series. Imagine, if you will, that you have four matchsticks of equal length. From those, you can easily make a square.
At each of the vertices, there is a right angle, or a ninety-degree angle, so there are four right angles.
TOM: I'm with you!
RAY: Now, using those same four matchsticks, make not 4 but 16 ninety-degree angles.
You might say, "Can I use the third dimension?" You can use any dimension you want.
I should mention, you are not allowed to fold, bend, break staple, or mutilate the matches in any other way.
TOM: Can you use mirrors?
*Leave your response here! Please!
RAY: No, but that shows you're on the right track.
"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman
I'm not good at visualising things, so I don't know if MathsIsFun's solution works. Here's mine.
Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.
Doh! It's neater than mine!
No! It doesn't show on the pink background.
Last edited by justlookingforthemoment (2005-11-09 17:20:41)
congratulations all, it looks like a !
Last edited by MathsIsFun (2005-11-15 17:15:29)
... I muffled your answer.
Great little puzzle.
yes it is