Resources tagged with: Polyhedra

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Broad Topics > 3D Geometry, Shape and Space > Polyhedra

Thinking 3D

Age 7 to 14

How can we as teachers begin to introduce 3D ideas to young children? Where do they start? How can we lay the foundations for a later enthusiasm for working in three dimensions?

Which Solid?

Age 7 to 16
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This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.

Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

Age 11 to 16

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

Platonic Planet

Age 14 to 16
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Glarsynost lives on a planet whose shape is that of a perfect regular dodecahedron. Can you describe the shortest journey she can make to ensure that she will see every part of the planet?

Three Cubes

Age 14 to 16
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Can you work out the dimensions of the three cubes?

A Mean Tetrahedron

Age 11 to 14
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Can you number the vertices, edges and faces of a tetrahedron so that the number on each edge is the mean of the numbers on the adjacent vertices and the mean of the numbers on the adjacent faces?

Rhombicubocts

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Icosian Game

Age 11 to 14
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This problem is about investigating whether it is possible to start at one vertex of a platonic solid and visit every other vertex once only returning to the vertex you started at.

Tet-trouble

Age 14 to 16
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Is it possible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units?

Platonic and Archimedean Solids

Age 7 to 16
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In a recent workshop, students made these solids. Can you think of reasons why I might have grouped the solids in the way I have before taking the pictures?

Triangles to Tetrahedra

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

Tetra Square

Age 11 to 14
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ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.

Tetrahedra Tester

Age 11 to 14
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An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?

Sliced

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Modular Origami Polyhedra

Age 7 to 16
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These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

Proximity

Age 14 to 16
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We are given a regular icosahedron having three red vertices. Show that it has a vertex that has at least two red neighbours.

Magnetic Personality

Age 7 to 16
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60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Classifying Solids Using Angle Deficiency

Age 11 to 16
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Toni Beardon has chosen this article introducing a rich area for practical exploration and discovery in 3D geometry

Lighting up Time

Age 7 to 14
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A very mathematical light - what can you see?

Dodecawhat

Age 14 to 16
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Follow instructions to fold sheets of A4 paper into pentagons and assemble them to form a dodecahedron. Calculate the error in the angle of the not perfectly regular pentagons you make.

Which Solids Can We Make?

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Investigating Solids with Face-transitivity

Age 14 to 18

In this article, we look at solids constructed using symmetries of their faces.