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mathematics teaching 10 ~ 16

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

hollow square

in Napoleonic battles a hollow square was a popular formation for an infantry battalion e.g. Wellington's army at Waterloo, to cope with cavalry charges

not Wellington's army...

a recreation of Wellington's army hollow square formations

for a battalion of 960 people, how many possible hollow square arrangements are there?
state the widths for each

if you want to start off with an easier number of people, find the 3 options for each of:
  • 48
  • 45
  • 80 
and the 4 options for 96

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