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Tetrahedra Revisited

Posted by wonko on May 26, 2011 in geometry |

…so I was bugged that as tiny little triangles, in white, I found it impossible to complete the 5 intersecting shape thing, so I went to the school copy room and asked for some colourful Copy paper – A4.

I got 5 strong colours, cut squares, made them into thirds, total of 6 strips per tetrahedra, 5 tetrahedra – total of 30 bits of paper, 1-2 minutes to fold each unit, 3-5 minutes each to place and lock into surrounding units and it is done.

I find this shape fascinating, and the order of the pattern was only evident after I had completed it – from simple shapes, great complexity and beauty can arise.

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2 Comments

  • You are so right about this one! You only see how simple it is to put together once you have struggled to put it together, if you know what I mean! I love the FIT and make one or two a year, just because I am a bit nerdy that way 😉

    • wonko says:

      nice comment, thanks – It was an interesting collab exercise – my boys (I am a teacher) were able to see it made from nothing, and suggest solutions – nice result in relatively little time (and nice to do a fold in colour for a change)

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