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The Geometry Center  
A museum exhibit on triangle tilings that contains sophisticated concepts such as tilings of the sphere and the relation between tilings and the Platonic and Archimedean solids: the sum of the angles of a planar triangle is always 180 degrees. Repeated reflection across the edges of a 30,60,90 degree triangle gives a tiling of the plane, since each angle is an integral fraction of 180 degrees. Figure 1 shows the exhibit's visualization of these ideas. Jeff Weeks has written a Macintosh version of the science museum math exhibit called KaleidoTile.  


Levels:  Middle School (68), High School (912) 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Lesson Plans and Activities, Museums, Topic Tools Miscellaneous 
Math Topics:  Triangles and Other Polygons, Elliptic & Spherical Geometry, Symmetry/Tessellations 
Math Ed Topics:  Visualizations 
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