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What does 'tessellating' mean when filling a grid with a certain shape in Maths??!

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Erebus Wed 07-Sep-11 18:10:36

DS2's Y6 maths homework- he has to pick one of the pentomino shapes (not X or I) and fill a preset grid with (Quote: ) 'a tessellating pattern'.

these are the pentominos - I think the question is number 3, 'Tesselating with pentominos'.

Does it mean 'without any spaces'?

Can't THINK where the teacher lifted his homework from, can you??!grin

didldidi Wed 07-Sep-11 18:11:58

is it so they all fit together - like Tetris?

ScribblerInTheSpaces Wed 07-Sep-11 18:13:32

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BellaBearisWideAwake Wed 07-Sep-11 18:15:33

No gaps, AND the pattern must be able to continue indefinitely in all directions

LunarRose Wed 07-Sep-11 18:24:31

CIMT (centre of innovation in mathematics teaching) is a superb project designed to provide interesting approaches to maths and maths activities. It's them who will have designed the exercise.

You Ds son is very lucky in his maths teacher.

ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Wed 07-Sep-11 18:24:59

Think of tessellating like creating a tiled floor in a bathroom. You don't want gaps and spaces. They have to fit together without overlapping.

Erebus Wed 07-Sep-11 18:30:53

Thanks everyone! Now I can speak with authority!

Lunar - I'm not taking the mick, I don't mind that the teacher uses resources!

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