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**Pratham Kundur****Member**- Registered: 2018-05-09
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How many steps are required to break an m × n sized bar of chocolate into 1 × 1 pieces?

You can break an existing piece of chocolate horizontally or vertically.

You cannot break two or more pieces at once (so no cutting through stacks).

Our Solution:

You need m×n - 1 steps.

By breaking an existing piece horizontally or vertically, you merely increase the total number of pieces by one.

You already have 1 piece, so need m×n - 1 steps to get to m×n pieces

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Pratham Kundur

Welcome to the forum.

I think this is from the MIF puzzles: https://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/brea … ution.html

Are you suggesting an alternative answer?

Your post title is unclear.

Did you mean

A simple test for any formula is to try some values. Let's try m = n = 2

The above three give -1, +1, and +1 respectively.

None of these will give a correct number of breaks.

Bob

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