We investigate tiling rectangles and 2-deficient rectangles with L-pentominoes. First, we determine exactly when a rectangle can be tiled with L-pentominoes. We then determine locations for pairs of unit squares that can always be removed from an m × n rectangle to produce a tileable 2-deficient rectangle when m ≡ 1 (mod 5), n ≡ 2 (mod 5) and when m ≡ 3 (mod 5), n ≡ 4 (mod 5).

Author Bio

Monica Kane graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in mathematics from California Lutheran University, where she completed this research during her senior year. She is currently working as a software developer.