Assignment: Forming Triangles Investigation
Karen has a large pile of colored rods. Each color is a different length. She is trying to connect different colored rods to make triangles as part of a hanging sculpture. Here is a list of rod lengths.
Red: 3 inches
Orange: 4 inches
Yellow: 5 inches
Green: 7 inches
Blue: 9 inches
Purple: 12 inches
1. How many triangles can she make with them if each side is a different color? List the combinations that work.
2. Karen was just trying different combinations of colored rods one at a time, placing the colored rods together to see if they make a triangle. What method did you use to determine the triangle options? Which method do you think is better and why?