Video: Constructing a Square

Emma has built a triangle by sticking 3 sticks into 3 clay balls. Can I build a square with these?

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Video Transcript

Emma has built a triangle by sticking three sticks into three clay balls. Can I build a square with these?

So can we build a square using three sticks and four clay balls? Let’s try. We could use the four clay balls to make the four corners or vertices because the square has four corners. Can we make the sides of a square using three sticks? Let’s see. One, two, three. We haven’t completed our square. We only had three sticks. We would need one more stick to make the square complete.

So the answer to the question is no. We couldn’t build a square using four clay balls and three sticks because we would need four sticks.

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