What happens to these capital letters when they are rotated through one half turn, or flipped sideways and from top to bottom?

Does changing the order of transformations always/sometimes/never produce the same transformation?

See the effects of some combined transformations on a shape. Can you describe what the individual transformations do?

How many different transformations can you find made up from combinations of R, S and their inverses? Can you be sure that you have found them all?

Sort the frieze patterns into seven pairs according to the way in which the motif is repeated.

Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?

This problem is based on the idea of building patterns using transformations.

How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?

A gallery of beautiful photos of cast ironwork friezes in Australia with a mathematical discussion of the classification of frieze patterns.

Jenny Murray describes the mathematical processes behind making patchwork in this article for students.

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Patterns that repeat in a line are strangely interesting. How many types are there and how do you tell one type from another?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two intersecting mirror lines.

Have you ever noticed how mathematical ideas are often used in patterns that we see all around us? This article describes the life of Escher who was a passionate believer that maths and art can be. . . .

This article looks at the importance in mathematics of representing places and spaces mathematics. Many famous mathematicians have spent time working on problems that involve moving and mapping. . . .

Proofs that there are only seven frieze patterns involve complicated group theory. The symmetries of a cylinder provide an easier approach.

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Make an eight by eight square, the layout is the same as a chessboard. You can print out and use the square below. What is the area of the square? Divide the square in the way shown by the red dashed. . . .

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?

These grids are filled according to some rules - can you complete them?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

An introduction to groups using transformations, following on from the October 2006 Stage 3 problems.

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

In this trail, a new type of NRICH resource, learn about transformations of graphs. Given patterns made from families of graphs find all the equations in the family.

Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?