# In dividing a equilateral triangle into n equal parts with equal areas and equal shapes...

People of Brilliant, how are you all? I came across an interesting puzzle that I want some help solving.

Suppose we want to divide an equilateral triangle into $n$ equal pieces, with the same area and the same shape. Is it possible to divide such a triangle into $5$ equal pieces? Is it possible to do it for an arbitrary value of $n$?

My investigations showed me that 2 and 3 are the most basic divisions available, and then onward I could find ways to divide a triangle into $n^2$ pieces, and then either into $2n^2, 3n^2$ and $6n^2$. Any hints as to how I can either do it, or prove there is no way? Note by Alexandre Miquilino
2 years, 1 month ago

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If the pieces needn't be contiguous, it turns out it can be done as shown here !!

- 2 years, 1 month ago

While this is not exactly a solution I wanted, there is a reference to a paper in another answer which seems to state it is impossible. Thanks for the find!

- 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi,may I ask that where do you live,which country?

- 2 years ago

4 join all the midpoints of the sides forming 4 equilateral triangles each of equal area

- 1 year, 11 months ago

4 falls in the $n^2$ category, but thanks for the input.

- 1 year, 11 months ago

oh sorry

- 1 year, 10 months ago