# Tangram Table

Use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to make the basic shapes (without overlapping) then complete the table showing which shapes are possible and which are not. Hold down the shift key [or shift] while you drag to rotate the pieces.

Number of pieces:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Triangle*

Rectangle*

Trapezium*

Parallelogram*

Pentagon*

Fill in the table then click the button that will appear below.

Check

*For the purposes of this exercise the following definitions apply:

A Triangle is a plane shape with three straight sides

A Rectangle is a four sided shape with opposite sides parallel and all angles the same. A square is also a rectangle.

A Trapezium (or trapezoid) is a four sided shape with one, and only one, pair of opposite sides parallel. more...

A Parallelogram is a four sided shape with opposite sides parallel but adjacent are not equal. A rhombus is also a parallelogram. more...

A Pentagon is a plane shape with five straight sides

As you make each shape you could take a screen grab (use the Snipping Tool in Windows) to keep a record of your findings.

The tangram puzzle is believed to have been invented in China and then brought to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. It became very popular in Europe during World War 1 and is now one of the most popular dissection puzzles in the world.

### Similar puzzles for you to try:

#### Tangram Template

Use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to fit into the outlines provided. This is what tangrams were made for.

Transum.org/go/?to=tangrams

#### Tangram Challenge

A series of tangram challenges in increasing order of difficulty to project on the whiteboard.

Transum.org/go/?to=tangramchallenge

#### Tangram Christmas Tree

Accurately construct a tangram puzzle then use it to make a Christmas tree and answer a short quiz.

Transum.org/go/?to=tantree

#### T Puzzle

Use the pieces of the T puzzle to fit into the outlines provided. An easier task than the full tangram.

Transum.org/go/?to=tpuzzle

There are solutions with diagrams to this puzzle but they are only available to those who have a Transum Subscription.

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