Toothpick Squares
Finding patterns

image of squares


Consider that each small square is one toothpick long on each side and the larger squares are made from these 1x1 squares.

Explore the three squares that get progressively larger.

Focus Questions:

What is the perimeter pattern?

What is the number of squares in the increasing squares pattern?

What is the total number of toothpicks in the increasing squares pattern?







Hint: Collect the data asked with the questions, organize it in sequential order, look for a pattern.


Mind boggler: Toothpick functions




Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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