From matchstick puzzles to isoperimetric problems

Tuzson Zoltán

In this paper, we are going to present a way from a simple matchstick puzzle to isoperimetric problems. This is a much more interesting, simple and instructive way to learn the basics of isoperimetry. The elements of mathematical history used in the paper are meant to make the topics described more colorful and interesting. One of the important features of the paper is that all the issues are discussed using elementary mathematics, so that it would be easily accessible to anyone.