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What is the maximum number of 3x3 squares that can be formed from the squares in a 6x6 checker board?
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A. 4
B. 6
C. 12
D. 16
E. 24
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30 May 2012, 13:14
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say the board is as below (6*6):

1 2 3 4 5 6
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5
6

for 3*3: start from 1st row and 3rd row. Using each row we can have maximum 4, 3*3 square.
we can continue the process for (2nd and 4th row) = 4 squares, (3rd and 5th row) = 4 squares, and (4th and 6th row) = 4 squares
Total = 4+4+4+4=16 (3*3)squares
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31 May 2012, 03:48

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31 May 2012, 09:47
Thanks a lot guys. Got it!
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28 Jul 2012, 02:43
Is there any direct formula to calculate it?

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28 Jul 2012, 03:05
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Is there any direct formula to calculate it?

Not really, but no need for a formula.

Think of, for example, choosing your 3 x 3 square by choosing first its left bottom corner. You have to be sure that the upper right corner will still be inside the big board.
It means that you can choose the bottom left corner anywhere in the bottom left area of 4 x 4. Which means 4 x 4 = 16 possibilities.
Or you can concentrate on any other corner of the 3 x 3 square, and then figure out where that corner can be.
I don't think you need to force here some formula saying 4C1 x 4C1 for choosing those corners...or anything similar.

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28 Jul 2012, 06:29
I don't like the structure of this question. The question does not explicitly state how large each square is. I know there is a picture, but the question does not reference the picture at all.
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26 Aug 2012, 16:16
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Imagine that tou have a 3x3 square and how you could placed it on that board.
You have to respect the edges or borders
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12 Sep 2014, 00:25
Answer = 4 * 4 = 16

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