This article explores the links between maths, art and history, and suggests investigations that are enjoyable as well as challenging.
Can you make a regular hexagon from yellow triangles the same size as a regular hexagon made from green triangles ?
Which hexagons tessellate?
Join pentagons together edge to edge. Will they form a ring?
An environment that enables you to investigate tessellations of regular polygons
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.
If the yellow equilateral triangle is taken as the unit for area, what size is the hole ?
A triomino is a flat L shape made from 3 square tiles. A chess board is marked into squares the same size as the tiles and just one square, anywhere on the board, is coloured red. Can you cover the. . . .
Take a look at the photos of tiles at a school in Gibraltar. What questions can you ask about them?
Three examples of particular tilings of the plane, namely those where - NOT all corners of the tile are vertices of the tiling. You might like to produce an elegant program to replicate one or all. . . .
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. . . .
Using LOGO, can you construct elegant procedures that will draw this family of 'floor coverings'?
L triominoes can fit together to make larger versions of themselves. Is every size possible to make in this way?
are somewhat mundane they do pose a demanding challenge in terms of 'elegant' LOGO procedures. This problem considers the eight semi-regular tessellations which pose a demanding challenge in terms of. . . .
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. . . .
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Triangle ABC has equilateral triangles drawn on its edges. Points P, Q and R are the centres of the equilateral triangles. What can you prove about the triangle PQR?