Tessellation and Symmetry (By Joyce Liu)

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Today we worked with symmetry, and how it is incorporated
from regular shapes to beautiful drawings. We know of the many types of
symmetry; Rotational, Reflectional, Scale and Translation Symmetry. Tessellation
and symmetry is all around us. Like the golden section, it is in nature, manmade
objects, everywhere. Tessellation does not only consist of a single shape
conjoined together to form a pattern, it can use more than one shape, for
example in the design of a soccer ball. These types of tessellations are called
semi-regular tessellations. We also see regular tessellations (single shapes)
in many aspects of nature, for example, the seeds in a sunflower and the hexagons
in beehives. The more we discover about maths, the more I realise that maths and nature is a perfect pair.

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