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Part B

Exploring Problem Solving
  Introduction | Try It Yourself: Finding Pentominos | Making Boxes | Problem Reflection | Your Journal


Use the following Interactive Activity to work on the problem below, which lets you manipulate squares to form as many pentominos as you can.

This problem provides a context for exploring several important mathematical concepts, including symmetry, area, perimeter, and spatial visualization. It also enables you to approach these tasks by using a variety of strategies, rather than by following a definition or a formula. Exploring mathematical concepts by solving interesting problems helps prompt thinking about concepts beyond your present knowledge and skill level. It also may call on higher-order thinking skills, for instance, applying previous knowledge, analyzing and evaluating data, and looking for patterns.

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