What are Pentominos?
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You call the 12 figures, which you can make of five squares,
pentominos.
You must arrange the squares, so that they must have
in common at least one side.
The shapes are similar to capital letters, so they have
letters as names. 
Building Rectangles
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The main problem of the pentomino 'research' is to combine
12 pieces to rectangles.
You can form four different rectangles:
The rectangles have 2339 solutions (6x10), 2 solutions
(3x20), 368 solutions (4x15), 1010 solutions (5x12).
You can form a rectangle 5x13, if you leave blank a pentimono
(5x13 = 65 = 60 + 5).
Building New Figures
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You can design more figures beside rectangles. Best you
don't plan a pattern, but start working. Then it is easier to discover
new figures.
The results are the figures:
There are no limits for your fantasy.
Figures with Holes
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You can form a chessboard 8x8, if you admit 4 holes.
(8x84=60) (drawing 1).
You can derive new problems:
> Rectangles with isolated holes (drawing 2),
> Figures with as much as possible isolated holes (drawing
3). There are only two solutions with 13 holes (book 2).
Solutions:
Magnification
Problems top
Pentominos with triple magnification:
Dreifache Pentominos:
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You build a pentomino with triple magnification.
You need nine pieces. Three pieces are left. 
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It is more difficult not to use the pentomino concerned. 
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You can skip one pentomino in a triple pentomino and
fill up the rest with eight pentominos. Four Pentominos are left. 
Double Pentominos:
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You can imitate some compact pentominos in double size.
You need four pieces, eight ones are left. 
Rings
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You can make rings of pentominos, build bridges or make
other figures, in order to surround as many squares as possible.
Students of the Belgians school TID in Ronse and their teacher
Odette de Meulemeester have specialized in these problems. You find better
solutions on their web sites (URL below).
Once Again: Rectangles
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You can also lay pentominos, so that the inside or the
border form rectangles.
Both is possible, too. 
There are 84 squares inside on the left, 90 are maximum.
(Book 6, W.F.Lunnon)
From
the Pentomino to the Pentacube top
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Pentomino pieces are mostly not twodimensional, but
are made of cubes and form pentacubes in the plain. They are easier to
manage and make new 3Dpuzzles possible. 
Boxes
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The main problem is forming boxes.
You can lay three:
Solutions:
The boxes have the measurements 3x4x5
(3940 solutions), 2x5x6 (264 solutions)
oder 2x3x10 (12 solutions).
Large
Pentacubes
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You imitate a pentomino with double magnification and
triple height. A solution of the TPentomino follows.
Number of solutions: W (0), X(0), F(1), T(3), Y(7),
U(10), I(12), V(21), Z(24), N(51), L(99), P(1082).
[S.W.Golomb, M. Verbakel, J.C.Bouwkamp (Book 2)].
More Figures
of Pentacubestop
You can design more complicated 3Dshapes and build
them with pentominos.
A tower with a hole in the middle follows as an example.
There are no limits for your fantasy.
Data of the Pentacubes
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Meaning of the numbers:

V volume, O surface area, K sum
of edges
k number of edges, e number of corners,
a number of sides 
There is the formula e + a  k = 2. (Thanks to 6c,
7a, 7c, 7d from 99/00)
More Pentacubes
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... 
There are 17 threedimensional pentacubes besides the
standard ones. Five are symmetric with a plane (pink). The remaining pentacubes
appear as pairs of symmetric mirror solids. Three pairs have three
cubes in line (blue), three only two cubes (green). 
Making of Pentominos
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If you want to play with pentominos you have to make
them with your hands.
Squares of cardboard will do because many problems are
restricted to twodimensional figures.
You can make pentominos of cubes. You buy a length of
wood which is square in crosssection, cut it into cubes and glue the cubes
together.
Another method is glueing dice. The best thing is to use
a two component glue, because it needs time to harden. Then you can form
the pentominos without having to hurry.
A cheap method is making them from a sheet of paper. You
must design a base of every pentomino and fold it.
In Germany you can buy pentominos with the name 'ZwölferPuzzle'.
You pay 19,50 DM (1996). 'AMON' (AWien, Glasergasse 10) manufactured them.
As a supplement you buy a book with 1000 (!) solutions.
Pentominos im
Internet top
German
Andrew Clarke
Polyominoes
B.Berchtold
Pentominos
 Lösung 6x10  Applet Online
Dr. Nagy László
Pentomino
HungarIQa
Das Element der Pentominos ist kein Quadrat mehr,
sondern ein Rhombus. PuzzleAufgaben mit jetzt 20 Pentominos
Edith Stein Schule
Pentominos
(u.a. Parkette)
Wikipedia
Pentomino,
Polyomino
English
Andrew Clarke
Polyominoes
BIGLOBE HOME PAGE (Japanese)
Three
Cube Puzzle
c.w.ricken
play pentacubes online
David J. Eck
Pentomino
Solver(8x8 with 4 holes), Applet
Eithan Samara
Pentominoes3D
Solver
Eric W. Weisstein (MathWorld)
Pentomino,
Polyomino
François Labelle
Unfolding
All 22 Pentominoes
Gerard's Home Page
Gerard's
Universal Polyomino Solver
Ken Zeltner
Pentomino
Fuzion Puzzles
Kevin Gong
The
Mathematics of Polyominoes
Michael Reid
Michael
Reid's polyomino page
Miroslav Vicher (Miroslav Vicher's Puzzles Pages)
Polyominoes
Snaffles home page
Pentomino
Relationships
Torsten Sillke
Tiling
and Packing results
Wikipedia
Pentomino,
Polyomino
Russian
Leonid Mochalov [PUZZLES of LEONID MOCHALOV]
Puzzles
with Polyominoes
References (German)
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(1) Martin Gardner: Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions,
New York 1959
(2) bild der wissenschaft 7/1976
(3) Pieter van Delft, Jack Botermans: Denkspiele der
Welt, München 1980
(4) Martin Gardner: Bacons Geheimnis, Frankfurt a.M.
1986 (Polywürfel)
(5) R.Thiele, K.Haase: Der verzauberte Raum, Leipzig,
1991
(6) Jens Carstensen: Legespiele, MU26:2 1980 (Seite 5
bis 36)
(7) Solomon W.Golomb: Polyominoes, Princeton, New Jersey
1994 (ISBN0691085730)
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