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posted by B.B. .
Can someone please explain this problem to me? A tangram is a geometric puzzle made from seven pieces that form a square. A) If the area of the entire square equals 1 unit, label each piece with its rational number area. B) If the area of piece (a) equals 1 unit, label each piece with its rational number area. The picture of the tangram is found on the wikipedia site and it is under the article pieces. The tangram is in pastel colors. My answers for part A) is ag is 1/7 am I right? But I'm not sure how to do part B) of this question? Thanks.

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bobpursley
No, they are different sizes. how can you possibly say they are the same size.
B. If piece a, whichever that one is, then compare the other sizes to it. 
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B.B.
I am totally lost on this problem. Here is my new answers but I am sure that they are wrong. Part A; a. 1/2 b. 1/2 c. 1/3 d. 1/4 e. 1/3 f. 1/4 g. 1/3 Part B I am really lost on. Thanks for your help.

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bobpursley
a and b add to 1, the entire area is one. So they can't be right. THe sum of all the pieces is 1.

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B.B.
So does a and b need to be a different fraction?

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Ms. Sue
What colors in this diagram are you labeling a and b?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tangram_set_00.jpg 
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B.B.
The big orange is a and the big green is b.

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Ms. Sue
The big orange and the big green are both the same size.
Each of them makes up 1/4 of the puzzle. Together they make up 1/2 of the Tangram. 
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B.B.
Ok. If that is the case, how would I go about figuring up the other pieces? Because c is the dark red triangle and e is the purple triangle. The yellow square is d and the blue parallelogram is f. Thanks.

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B.B.
Would that make c and e 2/6 of the puzzle? Together would they make a 1/3 of the Tangram?

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B.B.
I think that I have this tangram figured out. The big organe triangle is letter (a) and the big green triangle is letter (b) the dark red triangle is letter (c) the purple triangle is (e) the yellow square is letter (d) the parallelogram is letter (f) and the medium organ triangle is letter (g).Part A : The area of a and b is 1/2, the area of c and e are 1/4, the area of d is 1/2, the area of f is 1/2 and the area of g is 1/2.Part B: The area of the piece of (a) equals 1 unit label is as following: a and b is 1/4, c and e is 1/16, d is 1/8, f is 1/8 and g is 1/8. Is this correct or do I have part A and part B switched?
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