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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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New tessellation discovered News

by David, 31 August 2015 | 0 comments

If you wanted a really cool bathroom, what shape would you use for the tiles? Squares will work, or rectangles, or even hexagons. But can we use five-sided tiles?

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Tessellation explorer Activity

by David, 28 August 2015 | 0 comments

Arranged around one corner there is a hexagon, square, triangle, square.

Think your bathroom is boring? Try tons of terrific tessellations and show that tiling is styling! Find out more about the maths of tessellation in this hands-on maths activity.

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Tessellating tiles Activity

by David, 10 June 2014 | 0 comments

A square of paper with chiunks cut out of each side and taped on the opposite.

Would you like to make your own repeating patterns, a la Escher? Grab some scissors and make some tessellating tiles!

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