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Tessellation: A pattern of shapes that fit perfectly together
A Tessellation (or Tiling) is when we cover a surface with a pattern of flat shapes so that there are no overlaps or gaps.
What are tessellations?
Basically, a tessellation is a way to tile a floor (that goes on forever) with shapes so that there is no overlapping and no gaps.
Fun site showing how some shapes are able to make a tessellations and others can't. Simple explanations.
Maths Puzzle; Tessellations
Patterns covering the plane by fitting together replicas of the same basic shape have been created by Nature and Man either by accident or design.
This no frills site contains diagrams of tessellations using geometric shapes and explanations.
Interactive tessellation creator
A tessellation is a repeating pattern of polygons that covers a plane with no gaps or overlaps. What kind of tessellations can you make out of regular polygons? (For use with laptop or tablet)
Escher and Maths
The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher
This site provide a short biography of M. C. Escher and pages which explore tessellation, polyhedra, the shape of space and the logic of space.
Gallery of images created by Escher.