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There was no rest for the numbers. Apparently people had discovered how to operate with numbers. They did not just use them for easy counting, but instead for more complicated arithmetic. It seemed that the days of leisure in Numberville had come to an end. "I don't know what you're talking about,” 1 said. ” The + became angry and grabbed 1 and the 5 that was nearby and joined them, 1+ 5. The + didn't stop with this. The + operated with 1 and every number it found at the patio, so there were 1+ 8 and 1+ 4 and 1+ 12 and 1+ 9.

Please release me,” 1 pleaded. The + went to the patio , and immediately spotted 1. "I have been looking for you, 1,” + said. ” "No way. Our job is to perform operations. ” 1 asked cockily. The operators held the numbers of Numberville captive. They grabbed numbers right and left and operated on them. 3 x 2 and 12÷4 and 23+ 4 and "I am an operator. I’ve been sent here to operate on you,” the + replied emphatically. 7- 5 and 1 x 1 and 1÷1 and 9 x 2 and on and on. There was no rest for the numbers.

With one straight cut get two pieces that form a square. Using scissors, can you make one 34 the four pieces formed a square. Here is how he cut up the triangle. How about cutting this curving object with one straight cut, and end up with two pieces that fit to form a square? These are called dissection problems. You can make up your own. In fact, the famous mathematician David Hilbert proved that any polygon can be transformed into another polygon of the same area by cutting it up into a finite number of pieces.

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