Follow instructions to fold sheets of A4 paper into pentagons and assemble them to form a dodecahedron. Calculate the error in the angle of the not perfectly regular pentagons you make.
Stage: 4 Challenge Level:
How much of the planet's surface can the alien see if she is in the
middle of one of the faces?
What about on one of the edges?
Or at a vertex?
Try to picture a route around the planet either in three dimensions
or on a net. Can you be sure every point on the surface is visible
from your route? Can you make a more efficient route? Some diagrams
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NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to
embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other activities
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