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Date: 8/29/96 at 10:11:52
From: Anonymous
Subject: What are tessellations?

Dear Dr. Math,

I need to know what tessellations are. 


Date: 8/29/96 at 13:5:42
From: Doctor Sarah
Subject: Re: What are tessellations?

Hi there -

A dictionary will tell you that the word "tessellate" means to form or 
arrange small pieces (like squares) in a checkered or mosaic pattern. 
The word "tessellate" is derived from the Ionic version of the Greek 
word "tesseres," which in English means "four."

In middle school mathematics a regular tessellation is a tiling of the 
plane using a square, triangle, or hexagon, where the geometric 
figures fit together without leaving any spaces.

You can use your Web browser to read Suzanne Alejandre's extensive 
Math Forum Web unit - it will even show you how to make your own 
tessellations and will give you links to other interesting sites.   

This unit was one of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse's "Digital 
Dozen" for May, 1996.

-Doctor Sarah,  The Math Forum
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