Video: Partitioning Rectangles into Different Shaped Quarters

Pick the rectangle that is divided into quarters.

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Video Transcript

Pick the rectangle that is divided into quarters.

We’re shown four pictures of rectangles. And we have to pick the one which has been divided into quarters. To help us think about this question, we could draw or sketch our own rectangle. How would we divide it into quarters? Well, if we divide a shape into four equal parts, we call each part a quarter. We have to divide our rectangle into four equal parts.

We could start by dividing our rectangle into two equal parts, or halves. And then, we can halve each half. Now, we have four equal parts. The rectangle has been divided into quarters. None of the four rectangles we’ve been shown look like the rectangle we drew. Let’s look more closely at each of the rectangles.

We could divide our rectangle into two equal parts, or halves. Then, we can halve each half again until we have four equal parts. If we take two-halves and halve them again, we get quarters. So, this is the rectangle that is divided into quarters.

The second and third rectangles have been divided into three parts which are not equal. Remember, quarters means four equal parts. And the fourth rectangle has been divided into six parts. The rectangle that has been divided into quarters is the first rectangle. It has four equal parts.

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