Creating Rectangles 2

Directions: Using the digits 1 to 8 at most one time each, fill in the coordinates to create the vertices of a rectangle: A(__, __), B(__, __), C(__, __), D(__, __).

Extension: What is the rectangle with the largest/smallest area/perimeter that you can find?


What are the properties of a rectangle?
Which lattice points can be used to create the rectangle? Which lattice points cannot be used?


Because squares are rectangles, we can consider four situations for largest/smallest area, as listed below. For each of these there are several translations/reflections of it.

The Largest Rectangle: area 16, perimeter 12sqrt(2)

The Largest Square: area 20, perimeter 8sqrt(5)

The Smallest Rectangle: area 4, perimeter 6sqrt(2)

The Smallest Square: area 5, perimeter 4sqrt(5)

For each of the rectangles above, an additional rectangle can be created by swapping the x and y coordinates (the reflection about line y=x)

Source: Erick Lee

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  1. Cecilia Calvo Pesce

    I have a doubt. In the “Solution” section you say that:
    * the smallest square has area 17 but I think the square with vertices (1,7), (2,9), (3,6) and (4,8) is smaller because its area is 5
    * the smallest rectangle has area 8 but I think the rectangle with vertices (1,7), (2,8), (3,5) and (4,6) is smaller because its area is 4

    • Thank you, Cecilia. Nicely done! I agree those are smaller, and I’ve changed the answers. Note that the digits are up to 8, so your square solution doesn’t work, but there is still a square with an area of 5.

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