GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Landscape Genuis

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This week finds you finishing up some home improvement. Remember, email your solutions by 10:00 p.m. EST Thursday to be part of the random selection of correct answers and win a $50 gift code to ThinkGeek!
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Sometimes even a genius must do a bit of mundane DIY home improvement from time to time. Some spare days in between projects finds you outside laying paving stones for your new back patio. It’s coming along nicely and your stones have all been placed with your usual care and precision but there’s a problem. You’ve got left seven empty spaces in various spots and a limited amount of stone remaining. Your middle son comes out back to find you with furrowed brow and suicidal thoughts.

"What’s wrong dad?"

"Well, son, I’ve got left over spaces in my stonework here. Each space will fit an isosceles right triangle. I’ve also discovered that no two triangles are congruent and all I’ve got here is one square piece of stone. How am I going to use it all exactly and cut seven of these triangles from it to finish our patio?"

Your son looks at the square piece of stone for a bit and says: "I’ve got it dad! Let me borrow that pencil and I’ll show you how to cut it."

How does your son diagram cutting the stone so that none of it is left over but provides seven isosceles right triangles, no two of which are congruent?

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