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This applet can be used to investigate what a tessellation is and what it means to tile a plane. Students can create patterns that entirely cover the workspace by selecting, placing, and rotating multiple copies of one or two of the five regular polygons. A regular polygon is a polygon that is both equilateral and equiangular, and it can be in the shape of a triangle, square, hexagon, octagon, and dodecagon. Students can form a regular tessellation with multiple copies of one polygon or a semi regular tessellation using multiple copies of two polygons. Eight colors are available to add interest when creating designs. The applet also has a zoom feature. Instructions for using the applet, along with a link to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standard for Geometry are included. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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