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Symmetric Patterns at the Alhambra, with Math Problems

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Author:Susan Addington, David Marshall
Description: The Alhambra is a walled city and fortress in Granada, Spain, built during the last Islamic sultanate on the Iberian peninsula, the Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492). The palace is lavishly decorated with stone and wood carvings and tile patterns on most of the ceilings, walls, and floors. Islamic art does not use representations of living beings, but heavily uses geometric patterns, especially symmetric (repeating) patterns. See also Symmetric Patterns in Granada, Spain, by the same authors. From the California Math Show at ICME 8.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities, Problems/Puzzles
Math Topics: Symmetry/Tessellations, Art

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