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Covering a unit square

  1. Nov 28, 2006 #1

    A problem from Newman, which I posted at
    http://www.mymathforum.com/POW/POW1.pdf , asks to show that it is
    impossible to cover a unit square with 5 squares whose sides have
    lengths <1/2.

    It is possible to realize such a covering with 7 squares.

    What if we allow us only 6 squares ?

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  3. Nov 28, 2006 #2


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    It's possible with 7 squares, as shown http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/squcosqu/" [Broken].
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  4. Nov 29, 2006 #3
    how can we prove that? any ideas?
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