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# Pentominoes

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Drag the pentominoes onto the rectangle so that they fit together without leaving any space.

## Description of Levels

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Level 1 - Arrange the 12 pentominoes on a 3 by 20 rectangle

Level 2 - Arrange the 12 pentominoes on a 4 by 15 rectangle

Level 3 - Arrange the 12 pentominoes on a 5 by 12 rectangle

Level 4 - Arrange the 12 pentominoes on a 6 by 10 rectangle

Tetrominoes - similar puzzles using tiles made of four squares each.

Tangrams - use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to fit into the outline.

Tessallations - fill the space with the tiles without leaving any gaps.

More Puzzles for you to enjoy while developing problem solving strategies.

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#### Polygon Pieces

Arrange the nine pieces of the puzzle on the grid to make the given polygon. Level one is for those learning the names of shapes while other levels are for those who like a challenge!

## Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

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## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

## Teachers

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Felton Davis, DavisFelton3@Yahoo.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"The work of a lifetime for an amateur programmer to compile a complete of solutions to the 12-piece puzzle known as either the Hex Puzzle, or more formerly as Pentominoes.
A small picture of each of the 2339 solutions is posted on Flickr.

[Transum: Very impressive Felton. I can't begin to imagine the complexity of the algorithm you created to produce that result. Well done.]"

Kiera, Ohio

Monday, February 22, 2021

"The puzzles are really frustrating but incredibly fun to do! Finishing a puzzle is such a great feeling."

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