Resources for Teaching Math © 2008 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics http://illuminations.nctm.org Archimedes' Puzzle N AME _____ The **Stomachion** is a puzzle that is at least 2,200 years old.

Students may work in pairs to see how many of the alternate shapes they can make from the pieces of the **Stomachion**. Once they make the shape, place a checkmark on it.

Floating Bodies existed only in an incomplete Latin translation, only a short Arabic account of the **Stomachion** was known, and the Method was known only from its mention in a Byzantine lexicon and three brief citations, ...

What is\The **Stomachion**"about? No one is quite sure, as the fragment cutsofiatthis point. Remark Thereisa virtually inexhaustible supply of badly written math papers.

This fascinating bit of quasi-proven Archimedean work, called a **Stomachion**, is worth a peek at the website below. From SAY WHAT? students need to fully understand apothem.

However, possibly the oldest known dissection puzzle, the "Loculus of Archimedes" or "**Stomachion**" was written about in the 3rd century B.C. ...

**Stomachion** constructionhttp://www.mcs.drexel.edu/ ~crorres/Archimedes/**Stomachion**/cons truction.html Early puzzles http://archimedes-lab.org/latin.html#archimede Picks theorem http://www.cut-the knot.org/ctk/Pick.shtml construct your own Tangrams http://mathforum.org/trscavo/tangrams/ construct.html ...

... The **Stomachion** Created by Archimedes 48 2.16: Kurrah Creates the Brides Chair 49 2.17: Packing the Bride's Chair into the Big Chair50 2.18: ...

... it provides our only Greek text for On Floating Bodies and for the **Stomachion**, and, most important, 1 The study leading to this work was enabled by many people.

It was the first Put together puzzle published since Archimedes **Stomachion** in 250 B.C. The second edition, shown in Figure 2, with the original box, ...