Math Challenge Problem
The Math Challenge problem has returned to UNC's School of Mathematical Sciences! This is a problem that everyone is welcomed to try their hand at. New problems twice a month.
March Challenge 1
You have a piece of chocolate made up of n small squares arranged into a rectangle. You would like to break this chocolate bar up into n squares. You can take any single piece and break it along any vertical or horizontal line. For example, the picture below is the result of starting with a 4x6 bar and breaking three times.
The Challenge: How many times do you need to break a bar containing n squares to reduce it to single squares? Prove your answer.
Submit solutions to Ross 2239G or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Friday, March 13
Win PRIZES! A winner will be selected from all correct answers received for each challenge problem to receive a fun math prize of his or her choice.
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