Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 20:29:18 -0700
Subject: A tricky question

A group of my grade nine students have been working with this question and I have to admit that i've forgotten the solution. I think a "step -shaped cut with a 2:1 ratio is involved. Help would be appreciated along with any theoretical foundation for a logical approach to the problem.
    A room which is 9X12 is to be covered with carpet but the carpet has been provided in one 8X1 piece and one 10X10 piece. The larger piece is to be cut into two pieces so that the room can be covered in carpet.

Thanks for your help



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