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How to Divide a Square or Rectangle into squares of different sizes?

For an art project I want to compute a division of space into random squares. I have a number of applications where this would be a pleasant visual layout, I'm trying to figure this out for myself, ...
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Tiling with polyominos

How to prove or disprove that if a polyomino tiles the plane, it must also be able to perfectly tile some larger polyomino, which also tiles the plane? A polyomino is finite set of unit squares ...
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Optimal polyomino induced coloring

Which polyominos (with orientation) of $n$ squares, requires the least number of different colors, $c(n)$, such that if this polyomino is placed anywhere on an optimally colored infinite square grid ...
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Why a tesselation of the plane by a convex polygon of 7 or more sides is not possible?

I read in several places, including Wikipedia, that a tessellation of the plane by a single, convex, $n-$sided polygon is not possible for $n\geq7$. I was not able to locate a proof, or a paper that ...
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Planar kelvin problem

What is the minimal possible value of the maximal total sidelength shared by any two tiles in a tiling of the plane if all tiles have the same area A? total sidelength = Length-integral of the curve ...
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Checkerboard-Coloring $\mathbb{Z}^2$

If every square of the unit square lattice in the plane is colored black or white according to a set of rules, is there a way to find the maximum asymptotic ratio $r_n$ of the number of black squares ...
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Decomposing a circle into similar pieces

Is it possible to decompose a circle into finitely many similar disjoint pieces, one of which contains the circle's center in its interior?
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CH for tilings of the plane

Given any set of jordan curves that can tile the plane, how to prove that the number of possible tilings using tiles from this set is either in bijection with the real numbers or a (possibly infinite) ...
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Tile $\mathbb{R}^n$ with Primitive Cuboids

For every integer $n$ with $i$ prime factors associate a unique tile in $\mathbb{R}^m$ with $m \ge i$ as such, for every prime factor $p_j$ of $n$, the tile is a cuboid of dimension $m$ with a ...
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Summation in a recurrence relation

edited to reflect advice from the comments: While working on a generalization of a tiling problem, I generated a recurrence relation to describe the total number of possible tilings. The relation ...
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fill the board with dominos

Imagine a 8x8 cell board, but missing two cell at the opposite corners, a domino take up exactly two cell, how to fill the board with dominoes so that none overlap or hang off the edge?
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Can a rectangle be cut into 5 equal non-rectangular pieces?

How to prove that the only figure of which 3 copies can be used to tile a rectangle is a rectangle? Is it possible to cut a rectangle into 5 equal (modulo rotations/reflections) non-rectangular ...
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3D picture of the 38-sided Engel space-filling polyhedron

On page 220 of Peter Engel's Geometric Crystallography, he describes a 38-sided convex polyhedron that can fill space. I've seen this this accepted as the record in various places, but I've never ...
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The “XX XX” polyomino

The polyomino XX XX (two blocks of two squares with a gap) does not tile any rectangle, how to prove/disprove that it tiles the plane?
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Status of single aperiodic tile

What is known about the existence of a single tile, that tiles R^n only aperiodically? Has such a tile been found/proven to exist/not exist for any R^n?
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Is there such a thing as the “edge-face dual” of a polyhedron, and is the “edge-face dual” of a cube a rhombic dodecahedron?

The dual of a polyhedron is a polyhedron where the vertices of one correspond to the faces of the other, and vice versa. Is there always a similar correspondence between a pair of polyhedra where the ...
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What is the smallest number of $45^\circ-60^\circ-75^\circ$ triangles that a square can be divided into?

What is the smallest number of $45^\circ-60^\circ-75^\circ$ triangles that a square can be divided into? The image below is a flawed example, from http://www.mathpuzzle.com/flawed456075.gif ...
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Easy proofs of the undecidability of Wang's tiling problem?

Wang tiles are (by Wikipedia): "equal-sized squares with a color on each edge which can be arranged side by side (on a regular square grid) so that abutting edges of adjacent tiles have the same ...
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a tiling puzzle/question

My teacher gave us a riddle that goes like this: You have a 7x7 square and 16 3x1 tiles. Of the 16 tiles, 15 are straight and 1 is crocked ("L" shaped). When you tile the square with these tiles you ...
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Truncated octahedron is bipartite. Proof?

Any idea how to proof that when 3D space is tiled with truncated octahedra, all vertices can be colored black and white such that no 2 vertices sharing the same color are adjacent?
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Truncated octahedron tiles 3D space. Proof?

where can I find a proof that truncated octahedron tiles Euclidean 3D space?
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Penrose Tile generator

Does anyone know if there's a client or web app that generates Penrose patterns which can then be converted to a tileable rectangular background image for web site? I found this ...
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Decomposing the plane into intervals

A recent Missouri State problem stated that it is easy to decompose the plane into half-open intervals and asked us to do so with intervals pointing in every direction. That got me trying to ...
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Getting started with aperiodic tiling

I spent a little time looking around the Wikipedia and Wolfram articles on Penrose Tiling, the Domino Problem, Wang Tiles, etc., but I'm having a little trouble getting into them. A lot of these ...
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Tiling Posters on a Wall

I'm a noob, and I'm not a mathematician (Although I will be a Math major next semester). My question is: I have 68 maps I would like to use as posters on my wall at home. They are all rectangles, ...
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Tiling pentominoes into a 5x5x5 cube

I have this wooden puzzle composed of 25 y-shaped pentominoes, where the objective is to assemble them into a 5x5x5 cube. After spending quite a few hours unsuccessfully trying to solve the puzzle, I ...
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Tiling a 3 by 2n rectangle with dominoes

I'm looking to find out if there's any easy way to calculate the number of ways to tile a $3 \times 2n$ rectangle with dominoes. I was able to do it with the two codependent recurrences ...