Different Mathematical Perspectives

Here is a very simple match puzzle.

Move just a single match to form a perfect square.


This is indeed an easy puzzle. However, there are two ways to solve this and the solution depends on who’s solving the puzzle.

For geometers and most people, the obvious solution is:


On the other hand, for number theorists and other people who like to view things differently, they may come up with this:



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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

19 thoughts on “Different Mathematical Perspectives

  1. Oh I’m going to use this in my math class and see what my students think! I love it! Great little tidbit to illustrate the importance of thinking/problem solving strategies in math 🙂


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