Sample Problem

How many 2-cm squares have to be added to the figure below to get a total area of 80 cm2?



The figure can be regarded as 10 squares, since we can position the two congruent triangles to make a square.

The area of one square is:

2 × 2 = 4 cm2

So the area of the figure is:

4 × 10 = 40 cm2

So the area to be added is:

80 - 40 = 40 cm2

So the number of squares is: