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Maths Item of the Month
A fault-free tiling is an arrangment of tiles in an m×n grid such that there are no vertical or horizontal lines that can be placed on the grid without crossing one of the tiles.
In the image above a 6×4 and a 6×8 grid have been tiled with 2×1 dominoes. The 6×4 tiling has 2 vertical fault lines and is therefore not fault free. The 6×8 tiling is fault-free.
Is it possible, using 2×1 dominoes, to find fault-free tilings of:
- a 6×5 grid
- a 6×6 grid
- a 6×7 grid
A list of Maths Items of the Month categorised by GCSE/A level topics can be seen at: Maths Items of the Month Curriculum mapping.