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Can zero be represented by any number of tiles?  Using only the unit tiles (in other words, only the and tiles), determine whether you can represent zero on an Expression Mat with the number of tiles below.  If you can, draw an Expression Mat demonstrating that it is possible.  If it is not possible, explain why not.  2-41 HW eTool (CPM)  Homework Help ✎

Blank expression matTile Key

  1. 2 tiles

    Two identical tiles in opposite regions will make zero.

    There are other correct solutions.

  1. 6 tiles

    Use the same ideas as in part (a).

  1. 3 tiles

    Could you add a single tile to part (a) and still have zero?

Use the expression mat in the eTool below to determine if zero can be represented.
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