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Learning Exercise

Material: ScienceU--Geometry Center
Submitted by: James Rutledge on Oct 08, 2007
Date Last Modified: Oct 08, 2007
Title: Symmetry and Tilings: An Exploration
Description: Students are directed to read through a Web-based tutorial on Symmetry and Tilings in the form of an short and colorful article entitled Tilings and Tesselations; afterwards, they answer several questions on tilings (tessellations), tiling terminology, types of symmetry (isometries), periodic tilings and Penrose tilings. In addition, they are given opportunity to use an interactive Java applet in which various types of symmetry can be sketched and explored in the form of wallpaper groups, frieze groups and rosette groups. In a subsequent think-pair-share activity or write-pair-share activity, they analyze some tilings and apply their newly obtained knowledge.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Unsupervised
Time Required approximately 1 hour
Topics: Symmetry and tilings
Course: Liberal Arts Math
Audience: College General Ed, High School
Prerequisites Skills: Intermediate Algebra
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