

A005670


Mrs. Perkins's quilt: smallest coprime dissection of n X n square.
(Formerly M3267)


10



1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17
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OFFSET

1,2


COMMENTS

The problem is to dissect an n X n square into smaller integer squares, the GCD of whose sides is 1, using the smallest number of squares. The GCD condition excludes dissecting a 6 X 6 into four 3 X 3 squares.
The name "Mrs Perkins's Quilt" comes from a problem in one of Dudeney's books, wherein he gives the answer for n = 13. I gave the answers for low n and an upper bound of order n^(1/3) for general n, which Trustrum improved to order log(n). There's an obvious logarithmic lower bound.  J. H. Conway, Oct 11 2003
All entries shown are known to be correct  see Wynn, 2013.  N. J. A. Sloane, Nov 29 2013


REFERENCES

H. T. Croft, K. J. Falconer and R. K. Guy, Unsolved Problems in Geometry, C3.
N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).


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EXAMPLE

Illustrating a(7) = 9: a dissection of a 7 X 7 square into 9 pieces, courtesy of Ed Pegg Jr:
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The Duijvestijn code for this is {{3,2,2},{1,1,2},{4,1},{3}}
Solutions for n = 1..10: 1 {{1}}
2 {{1, 1}, {1, 1}}
3 {{2, 1}, {1}, {1, 1, 1}}
4 {{2, 2}, {2, 1, 1}, {1, 1}}
5 {{3, 2}, {1, 1}, {2, 1, 2}, {1}}
6 {{3, 3}, {3, 2, 1}, {1}, {1, 1, 1}}
7 {{4, 3}, {1, 2}, {3, 1, 1}, {2, 2}}
8 {{4, 4}, {4, 2, 2}, {2, 1, 1}, {1, 1}}
9 {{5, 4}, {1, 1, 2}, {4, 2, 1}, {3}, {2}}
10 {{5, 5}, {5, 3, 2}, {1, 1}, {2, 1, 2}, {1}}


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KEYWORD

nonn,nice


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STATUS

approved



