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Try a tangram Activity

by David, 20 July 2022 | 0 comments

a duck shape made of smaller shapes

This traditional Chinese puzzle, known as a tangram, reveals some surprising properties of squares!

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Time to shape up – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 16 March 2022 | 1 comments

By Fiona Midson and Beth Askham Here is ‘acute’ quiz for you to size up! Answer these questions to see if you are in shape.

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Jasper’s shapes brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 9 March 2022 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Jasper had a regular (sides and angles all the same) hexagon with 10-centimetre sides, and 3 regular triangles with 10-centimetre sides. He put the side of a triangle against every second side of the hexagon. How many sides did this final shape have?

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Idir’s tiles brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 20 May 2021 | 1 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Idir was in the bathroom when he noticed that the tiles weren’t all the same shape! Instead, there were two different shapes of tiles.

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Dragon curves Activity

by David, 1 October 2020 | 0 comments

Strip of paper folded at regular intervals making a pattern

In this sample from More Hands-on Science, we’re looking at infinitely detailed shapes known as fractals. If you do this activity, you can discover a fractal called the dragon curve!

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Playing with shapes brainteaser Brainteaser

by David, 19 August 2020 | 0 comments

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Difficulty: Tricky Gertrude has a collection of shapes that she likes to arrange in patterns. She starts with a regular hexagon with 10 cm sides, and three regular triangles that also have 10 cm sides. She arranges the triangles around the hexagon, and then lines them up. In the end, one side of each triangle…

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The strongest! A quick quiz Quiz

by David, 26 March 2020 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Strong can mean a lot of different things to scientists. Every question in this quiz has something to do with strength.

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Mathematical hunches inspire decades of research News

by David, 12 April 2018 | 0 comments

Abstract image of glowing colours and shapes.

It’s that time of year again! The winner of the Abel prize, mathematics’ answer to the Nobel, has been announced. This year’s winner is Robert Langlands, a mathematician more famous for asking questions than answering them.

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Pack it in with pentagons News

by David, 23 January 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a grid, each square is a differrent colour and divided up by different shaped pentagons.

What kinds of shapes pack a flat surface with no gaps? Squares are great for floor tiles, and bees stick hexagons together. With a bit of work, you can get any triangle, no matter how stretched, to fit together without gaps. But what about pentagons? These five-sided shapes are awkward, but some types fit together.

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Mathematical treasure hunt Activity

by David, 16 May 2017 | 0 comments

a pearlescent shell

Maths is everywhere! But it can be hard to find if you don’t know what to look for. Try this mathematical treasure hunt and you’ll soon discover some amazing mathematical secrets!

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