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**nitro4ce****Member**- Registered: 2005-05-01
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Please post any comments on this. I still don't know the solution.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I know what the answer is, and I will post it here in a day or so, but in the meantime ... does anyone else know?

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**nitro4ce****Member**- Registered: 2005-05-01
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Is it hard to understand the answer?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I don't think so - I suppose it depends on my explanation ...

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**Roraborealis****Member**- Registered: 2005-03-17
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I know the solution. Take a closer look at both hypotenuses of the triangles.

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**nitro4ce****Member**- Registered: 2005-05-01
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What about the hypotenuses?

The partitions are exactly the same in the two triangles, how can it be possible that if the surfaces are the same, there is one block missing?

Lets say 1 block equals 1 cm^2

So the area of the triangle is:

(13*5)/2=65/2=32,5 cm^2

Take a look to the area of the different geometric shapes:

Red triangle: (3*8)/2=12 cm^2

Dark green triangle: (2*5)/2=5 cm^2

Orange shape: 7 cm^2

Green shape: 8 cm^2

Total area = 12+5+7+8=32 cm^2

There is a half block missing, but where?

Help please!

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Weeellll..., I figured it out by cutting the images into pieces (not with scissors, but on the computer), and at first I couldn't see how it worked. I thought that the slight misfits I was getting was just sloppy cut-and-paste. But then I noticed what Rora is talking about ...

Have a very close look at the point 5 spaces along and 2 spaces up from the bottom left hand corner of both illustrations.

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**Roraborealis****Member**- Registered: 2005-03-17
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They've got the square there by squashing it in using the enlargement of the hypotenuse.

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**Mr T****Member**- Registered: 2005-03-30
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well the pic is gone now so will have to trust y'all

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