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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:14 pm 
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I have 42 square photographs each measuring 5cm by 5cm. How can I arrange them all into a rectangular shaped picture with the shortest possible length of picture frame. I need a straightforward way to show DC as finding the factors appears to be too much of a trial and error.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:26 pm 
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What arrangement will give a small perimeter?

Long thin strip or a shape nearest a square?

If you can think about this then an answer will be easier to get.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:02 pm 
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using Guest55's method:

if you work it out as a long and thin rectangle then 5 * 42 will give one length = 210, double it for the opposite side = 420 then the two remaining sides will be 10 = 430

If you work it out as a 6 * 7 rectangle then top and bottom sides will be 60 and left and right sides will be 70, gives total of 130

therefore shortest perimeter will be the 6*7 option


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:57 pm 
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Buy a book of squared paper...you will use it for other things too over the years.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:42 am 
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The length of square does not matter. Try doing it for a square 1 cm x 1 cm (and the answer will be same). It is the shortest of the combinations which are based on factors concept :

    42 x 1 i.e. all 42 in one row : (42 x 2) + (1 x 2) = 86
    21 x 2 i.e. two stacks of 21 each = (21 x 2) + (2 x 2) = 46
    14 x 3 i.e. three stacks of 14 each = (14 x 2) + (3 x 2) = 34
    7 x 6 i.e. seven stacks of 6 each = (7 x 2) + (6 x 2) = 26

No need to buy squared paper. Buy marshmallow instead :)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:55 am 
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Unfortunately although marshmallows are great for multiplication and factors across the kitchen table, they will do little to help a 9 year old visualise the problem they have a mental block on calculating. Squared paper and a set of felt pens will hopefully help their mind equate the sum required to the problem set before them. Having a child who struggles with problem solving, I have learnt that making things tangible seems to be the ticket to less frowning.

Squared paper also helps with area problems, lines of symmetry, and working out tangram puzzles, if you do not wish to buy a whole pad there are plenty of web sites that allow you to print an accurate sheet.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:32 am 
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Ah yes, but I can visualise things while I eat marshmallows that I cannot normally visualise. They definitely boost the power of the mind.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:11 am 
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parent2013 wrote:
The length of square does not matter. Try doing it for a square 1 cm x 1 cm (and the answer will be same). It is the shortest of the combinations which are based on factors concept :

    42 x 1 i.e. all 42 in one row : (42 x 2) + (1 x 2) = 86
    21 x 2 i.e. two stacks of 21 each = (21 x 2) + (2 x 2) = 46
    14 x 3 i.e. three stacks of 14 each = (14 x 2) + (3 x 2) = 34
    7 x 6 i.e. seven stacks of 6 each = (7 x 2) + (6 x 2) = 26

No need to buy squared paper. Buy marshmallow instead :)


Simple and easy to understand.Thanks a lot!


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