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  • Can you make a regular hexagon using only yellow triangles ?

  • Can you make a regular hexagon using only green triangles ?

  • Can you make a regular hexagon from yellow triangles that is the same size as a regular hexagon made from green triangles ?

Did that tell you something about yellow and green triangles, about how they relate to each other ?

  • Can you make an equilateral triangle from yellow triangles ?
  • Can you make an equilateral triangle from green triangles ?
  • Can you make an equilateral triangle from yellow triangles that is the same size as an equilateral triangle made from green triangles ?

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And when you've got inside this problem and started to feel your way around, please do take a look at Impossible Triangles? - it's the perfect follow on. There's even a video to watch to make getting started easy.