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Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:

12 by 12 square

The square's perimeter is $12\times 4 = 48$

You could also look at the area of the rectangle. This is $16 \times 9 = 144$. This must be the same as the square, so the square must have side lengths of $12$. Therefore its perimeter is $12 \times 4 = 48$.


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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