Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look
the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?
These clocks have been reflected in a mirror. What times do they
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
What are the coordinates of this shape after it has been
transformed in the ways described? Compare these with the original
coordinates. What do you notice about the numbers?
What is the missing symbol? Can you decode this in a similar way?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Sort the frieze patterns into seven pairs according to the way in
which the motif is repeated.
Can you explain why it is impossible to construct this triangle?
See the effects of some combined transformations on a shape. Can
you describe what the individual transformations do?
Numbers arranged in a square but some exceptional spatial awareness probably needed.
Can you place the blocks so that you see the relection in the picture?
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
Can you draw the shape that is being described by these cards?
This article describes a practical approach to enhance the teaching
and learning of coordinates.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two intersecting mirror lines.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
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?
Some local pupils lost a geometric opportunity recently as they surveyed the cars in the car park. Did you know that car tyres, and the wheels that they on, are a rich source of geometry?
Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.
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?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.
Plex lets you specify a mapping between points and their images.
Then you can draw and see the transformed image.
A gallery of beautiful photos of cast ironwork friezes in Australia with a mathematical discussion of the classification of frieze patterns.
This article describes the scope for practical exploration of tessellations both in and out of the classroom. It seems a golden opportunity to link art with maths, allowing the creative side of your. . . .
Investigate what happens to the equations of different lines when
you reflect them in one of the axes. Try to predict what will
happen. Explain your findings.
Patterns that repeat in a line are strangely interesting. How many types are there and how do you tell one type from another?
Proofs that there are only seven frieze patterns involve complicated group theory. The symmetries of a cylinder provide an easier approach.