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# Squaring a Rectangular Cake: The figure below shows the top of rectangular cake whose dimensions are

9 inches by 16 inches. How can you cut the cake into pieces and rearrange them to form a square cake whose dimensions are 12 inches by 12 inches? There are many possible solutions. (You can copy the image below and upload a picture of your solution.)

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### Jim Bob (bubba-math) says

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• TR Smith (calculus-geometry) 3 years ago

That works too, thanks!

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### paxwill says

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• TR Smith (calculus-geometry) 3 years ago

I didn't know if anyone would come up with that solution. In case the rectangle doesn't have the right aspect ratio, you can always cut it into one that does, and then apply this method to square a rectangle.

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### TrueAnimation says

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• TR Smith (calculus-geometry) 3 years ago

That's a great solution. I didn't want to put any restrictions on the number of cuts and stifle creativity. Just curious to see people's thought processes.

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