Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's tessellate!

Did you ever heard about tessellations? Do you know how to tile a Kitchen? Had you heard about M.C.Escher? Today we'll start the tessellations' project. Are you ready?


Take a paper and try to answer the folllowing questions. You may need the resources listed below.
  1. What does to tessellate mean? Explain it using your own words.
  2. Are you able to list all the regular polygons?
  3. Try to think about a method to discover if a regular polygon tessellates or not and explain it using your own words. Hint: use the number of sides and the interior angle measurements.
  4. Build and fill in a table with the following columns: regular polygon; number of sides; interior angle between sides; does it tessellate?


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fractal's presentation

Picture by Glòria Maspoch
Drawing by Gerard Hostench

Build a slide presentation

Today we are going to summarize our fractal work. In order to do so, gather in groups of 4 people and build a slide presentation containing the following points:

  1. What is a fractal?
  2. Who first talked about fractals? When was it?
  3. Can you list the different types of fractals?
  4. Which are the most popular types of fractals?
  5. Summary of the Sierpinsky triangle construction with pictures.
  6. What is a Jurassic Park fractal? How is it built? Why do you think it has such a name?
  7. Explain how to build a Koch snowflake fractal. Which relationship exists between Koch snowflake fractal and the coast of Australia?
  8. Nature is full of fractals. Insert some picture examples and explain why they are said to be fractals.
  9. Vocabulary of the project.
  10. Your opinion about the project. 
Next day you'll present your slides to the class. To evaluate the oral presentation, we'll use the following rubrics

Extra resources

Sometimes it's nice designing our own fractal using specific software. Here you have a couple of links about it:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fractals in nature

Have you ever found a fractal in nature? The world is full of fractal structures. Do you want to explore few of them? Let's have a look!



    1. Write a 10 lines summary of which kind of fractals can we found in nature.
    2. What does this sentence by Benoit Mandelbrot mean? "Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line."
    3. Finish the work with a photo of a fractal made by you.
    4. Write a short vocabulary of related words.