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Broad Topics > Transformations and their Properties > Symmetry

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A Problem of Time

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Consider a watch face which has identical hands and identical marks for the hours. It is opposite to a mirror. When is the time as read direct and in the mirror exactly the same between 6 and 7?

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Reflecting Squarely

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make shapes with line symmetry?

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Sliced

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

An irregular tetrahedron has two opposite sides the same length a and the line joining their midpoints is perpendicular to these two edges and is of length b. What is the volume of the tetrahedron?

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A Resource to Support Work on Transformations

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This resources contains a series of interactivities designed to support work on transformations at Key Stage 4.

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Attractive Tablecloths

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

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Shady Symmetry

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

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Eight Dominoes

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8

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Pattern Power

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

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Rhombicubocts

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Each of these solids is made up with 3 squares and a triangle around each vertex. Each has a total of 18 square faces and 8 faces that are equilateral triangles. How many faces, edges and vertices. . . .

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The Frieze Tree

Stage: 3 and 4

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

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Turning Tangles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Look carefully at the video of a tangle and explain what's happening.

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Topkapi Palace

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These images are taken from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Can you work out the basic unit that makes up each pattern? Can you continue the pattern? Can you see any similarities and. . . .

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Overlap

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .

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Friezes

Stage: 3

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?

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Attractive Rotations

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...

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Troublesome Dice

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

When dice land edge-up, we usually roll again. But what if we didn't...?

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Holly

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The ten arcs forming the edges of the "holly leaf" are all arcs of circles of radius 1 cm. Find the length of the perimeter of the holly leaf and the area of its surface.

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Symmetric Trace

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Points off a rolling wheel make traces. What makes those traces have symmetry?

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Drawing Celtic Knots

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.

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Tournament Scheduling

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Scheduling games is a little more challenging than one might desire. Here are some tournament formats that sport schedulers use.

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Paint Rollers for Frieze Patterns.

Stage: 3 and 4

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

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Prime Magic

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?

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Triangles in a Square

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Given that ABCD is a square, M is the mid point of AD and CP is perpendicular to MB with P on MB, prove DP = DC.

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Rotations Are Not Single Round Here

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

I noticed this about streamers that have rotation symmetry : if there was one centre of rotation there always seems to be a second centre that also worked. Can you find a design that has only. . . .

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Dancing with Maths

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

An article for students and teachers on symmetry and square dancing. What do the symmetries of the square have to do with a dos-e-dos or a swing? Find out more?

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Plex

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Plex lets you specify a mapping between points and their images. Then you can draw and see the transformed image.

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One Reflection Implies Another

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

When a strip has vertical symmetry there always seems to be a second place where a mirror line could go. Perhaps you can find a design that has only one mirror line across it. Or, if you thought that. . . .

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A Roll of Patterned Paper

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A design is repeated endlessly along a line - rather like a stream of paper coming off a roll. Make a strip that matches itself after rotation, or after reflection

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Arclets

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Each of the following shapes is made from arcs of a circle of radius r. What is the perimeter of a shape with 3, 4, 5 and n "nodes".

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Notes on a Triangle

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you describe what happens in this film?

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Frieze Patterns in Cast Iron

Stage: 3 and 4

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

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Encircling

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

An equilateral triangle is sitting on top of a square. What is the radius of the circle that circumscribes this shape?

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Square Pizza

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

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Trominoes

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can all but one square of an 8 by 8 Chessboard be covered by Trominoes?

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Magical Maze - 35 Activities

Stage: 4 and 5

Investigations and activities for you to enjoy on pattern in nature.

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Classifying Solids Using Angle Deficiency

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Toni Beardon has chosen this article introducing a rich area for practical exploration and discovery in 3D geometry

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Flower Power

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Create a symmetrical fabric design based on a flower motif - and realise it in Logo.