# Dissection of 3 Equal Squares into One Square

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## Problem

Dissect $3$ equal squares and use the pieces to make $1$ large square.

## Solution

Bisect $2$ of the squares along their diagonals.

Arrange the right triangles so generated around the outside of the $3$rd square as shown.

Join the $4$ right angles of the $4$ right triangles.

The overlapping bits fit into the gaps.

$\blacksquare$

## Tessellation

This dissection can be used as the basis for a tessellation:

## Historical Note

This dissection problem was discussed by Abu'l-Wafa Al-Buzjani in a work of his from the $10$th century.

## Sources

- 1992: David Wells:
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