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Making Rectangles, Making Squares

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Imagine you have any number of equilateral triangles all of the same size as well as a large number of $30$ $^\circ$ , $30$ $^\circ$ , $120$ $^\circ$ isosceles triangles with the shorter sides the same length as the equilateral triangles.

Using these triangles how many differently shaped rectangles can you build?

Can you make a square?

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