congruent quadrilaterals and rearranged to form the square in Figure 2. The
square in the center of Figure 2 has side length 10 cm. What is the side length of
the larger square in Figure 2?
If the small square has side-length of 24 cm, then
its area is (24cm x 24cm) = 576 cm².
So the area of all the shaded pieces is 576 cm², no matter
how theyre cut up and jumbled around. When theyre moved
over and re-arranged to make the big square, the shaded part
is still 576 cm².
The little white square in the center has side length of 10 cm,
so the area of that little square is (10cm x 10cm) = 100 cm².
Now, the total area of the big square is made up of 576 cm²
in the shaded parts, and 100 cm² in the white part.
Total area of the big square = (576cm² + 100cm²) = 676 cm².
Since the big square is a square, its area is (side-length)²,
and its side-length is √(area).
Side length = √(676 cm²) = 26 cm .