Number of possible Rectangular Pens

by Jed
(Kilmore, Australia)

Number of possible Rectangular Pens

How many rectangular pens can you make with 28 fence panels which measure 1 metre?

The smallest side each rectangular pen can have is 1 metre.

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 Nov 22, 2012 Rectangular Pens by: Staff AnswerPart ISince there are 28 fence panels, find all the prime factors of the number 2828 = 2 * 2 * 7The combinations of the prime factors4 * 72 * 14The number 4 can be divided: (1 + 1 + 1 + 1) * 7 square pens = 28 panelsThe number 14 can be divided: (6 + 6 + 1 + 1) * 2 rectangular pens = 28 panelsThe number 14 can be divided: (5 + 5 + 2 + 2) * 2 rectangular pens = 28 panelsThe number 14 can also be divided: (4 + 4 + 3 + 3) * 2 rectangular pens = 28 panelsThe number 7 can be used four times: (7 + 7 + 7 + 7) * 1 square pen = 28 panelsYou have five choices:           1) a large square pen with 7 panels on each side           2) 2 rectangular pens (6 panels + 6 panels + 1 panel + 1 panel)           2) 2 rectangular pens (5 panels + 5 panels + 2 panels + 2 panels)           3) 2 rectangular pens (4 panels + 4 panels + 3 panels + 3 panels)           4) 7 small square pens with 1 panel on each side The final answer is:If the pens are “completely separate pens”, the maximum number which pens which can be constructed from 28 panels is 7. Each of the pens uses 1 panel on each side.7 square pens 1 meter by 1 meter ----------------------------------------------

 Dec 12, 2012 Rectangular Pens by: Staff ---------------------------------------------- Part II Additional options: If the pens can be lined up next to one another, so that the pens share the panel which separates them, then 9 square pens can be constructed. (Number of pens)(3 unique panels per pen) + 1 = 28 3N + 1 = 28 3N + 1 - 1 = 28 - 1 3N + 0 = 27 3N = 27 3N / 3 = 27 / 3 N = 9 ----------------------------------------------

 Dec 12, 2012 Rectangular Pens by: Staff ---------------------------------------------- Part III ----------------------------------------------

 Dec 12, 2012 Rectangular Pens by: Staff ---------------------------------------------- Part IV If the pens can be lined up next to one another, so that the some pens share their panels on all four sides, some pens share their panels on 3 sides, and some share their panels on 2 sides, then 9 square pens can be constructed with four panels left over. The leftover panels can be used to construct a 10th pen (which will be completely separate from the others). Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com