More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
You can use a clinometer to measure the height of tall things that you can't possibly reach to the top of, Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make a spiral mobile.