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Triangle Geometrical Paradox

Steve Prevette

Deming Disciple
Staff member
Super Moderator
#11
And if you take the two triangles you have cut out, and overlay one on top of the other, you will see that the hypotenuses have two different slopes.
 

Steve Prevette

Deming Disciple
Staff member
Super Moderator
#15
How is that possible? I used a steel rule to define the slope(s). They have to be the same.
OK, my last response on this. Count the squares. The slopes are different on the two small triangles. Look at the wikipedia article and many many other internet writeups on this and other "dissection" puzzles that end up looking the same, but are subty different.
 
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