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Exploring Pure Tessellations

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This activity explores tessellations of regular polygons. Tessellations are an arrangement of closed shapes that completely cover the plane without overlapping or leaving gaps.

Mathematics: Students will investigate tessellations by making use of angle measure, rotations, translations, and reflections. Students will also investigate the four-color theorem.

Mathematical Thinking: This activity will reinforce studentsí mathematical reasoning, problem solving, visualizing and spatial skills specifically dealing with tiling a plane with polygons. Students will conjecture about shape attributes that allow polygons to tessellate.

Technology: MW commands include fd, bk, clean, cg, lt, rt, pu, pd, ht, st, to, end, :, repeat.

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Last modified on August 15, 2001.