What is the total area of the first two triangles as a fraction of
the original A4 rectangle? What is the total area of the first
three triangles as a fraction of the original A4 rectangle? If you
could you go on adding all the triangles' areas, what do you think
the total would be as a fraction of the original A4 rectangle?
Can You Explain Why?
Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Imagine having a pencil, ruler, protractor and compass and being
asked to draw the triangle below.
Can you explain why it is an impossible triangle to
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embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.