A while back I saw this picture puzzle where they ask how many squares are in this picture? I have what I think is the answer for how many squares are in the picture.
I gave it a go and put in my spin on the answer. What I found amazing was how many different answers folks were putting out there! So I started thinking how I can explain how I came up with my answer.
My answer is below… in case you don’t want to be spoiled. But how did I come up with my answer?
Well, let me demonstrate with different diagrams that highlight the squares I saw. (Let me “show my work,” as my math teachers used to say.)
1: First, let’s not forget the most obvious of answers, the square itself.
3: Here, I found three more squares, making a total of four so far.
4: Now here’s four to add to that tally, making it eight.
6: Six more squares, making it fourteen
18: And here are eighteen more squares to add to that fourteen tally…
Add those up and I got 32!
Update! I forgot the small squares at the center of it all… eight of them , which now adds up to 40 squares.
So the total number of squares in this bad boy is 40!