These straight lines form a family and the curves that you see, called envelopes, are tangent to each line in the family.
Draw two base lines and mark the same number of points at equal distances along each line. Join the outermost point on one base […]
2. What is the area enclosed by the stage 2 squareflake? What about the stages 3 and 4 squareflakes?
3. If replacing each line segment on the edge with the zig-zag is […]
In March 2014 and February 2015 Bubblz the Mathematical Clown and the Pyraloons built Guinness World Record breaking Balloon Model Sierpinski Pyramids to raise funds for AIMSSEC. The photo shows the triumphant team in a shopping mall in Cambridge, UK and their 6.5 metre high pyramid.
The smallest pyramid is made from […]
Describe the different symmetries. Draw the picture yourself. Draw your own designs using this idea. Can you explain how this 2-dimensional picture appears to show a 3-dimensional object?
You could use paperclip […]
Copy this pattern. You could use toothpicks or paper sticks or draw the pattern on isometric paper (download here).
Make or draw the next 3 patterns in the sequence. How would you explain to someone else on the telephone how to do this when you could not point to the diagram?
What do you notice about this shape?
Describe the shapes of the tangram pieces.
What is the same and what is different about the shapes of the tangram pieces?
Make a pattern of your own using all 7 pieces.
How many lines are there in your diagrams? How many lines are there in the original diagram? Can you find a way of working out […]
The squares in the diagram are to help us visualise an infinite geometric sum and we are not summing the areas of the squares, simply the lengths along the x-axis. The squares have side lengths given by powers of r: where 0 < r < 1 .
When you turn this star around it looks exactly the same in 5 different positions so we say it has ROTATIONAL SYMMETRY of order 5.
Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way […]
Can you fit them together to make an enlargement of the shape? What is its area?
Can you fit trisquares together to make enlargements of scale factors 3, 4 and 5? What are their areas?
Is it […]