Math Challenge Problem
The Math Challenge problem has returned to UNC's School of Mathematical Sciences! This is a problem that everyone is welcomed to try their hand at. New problems twice a month.
September Challenge 2
Any triangle can be divided into smaller triangles, but only sometimes are those smaller triangles all congruent to each other and also similar to the original triangle. Three such divisions are shown below, illustrating that it is possible to find triangles which can be divided into 2, 3 or 4 similar triangles. Are there others? Is there a triangle which can be divided into more than 4 similar triangles?
The Challenge: Find as many different triangles with this property, giving the division for each. The winner this month will be the person who finds the most triangles, or in case of a tie, gives the best proof that no more such triangles exist.
Submit solutions to Ross 2239G or by email to email@example.com.
Deadline: Tuesday, September 30
Win PRIZES! A winner will be selected from all correct answers received for each challenge problem to receive a fun math prize of his or her choice.
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