Date: 8/29/96 at 10:11:52 From: Anonymous Subject: What are tessellations? Dear Dr. Math, I need to know what tessellations are. Thanks, dbush
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. http://mathforum.org/sum95/suzanne/tess.intro.html This unit was one of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse's "Digital Dozen" for May, 1996. -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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