The Challenge: Play with chirality. Chirality refers to the rotation of a specific object. The knots above have opposite chirality.
Materials Needed: This is wide open. Spinning video? Knots? Twisted candy? Be creative!
Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: knot theory, pespective, topology, vertices/intersections
Depending on how you use this activity, you may engage with different mathematical standards. I’ve listed possible connected math content above. Here are a few suggestions for how you might integrate the 8 mathematical practices. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
6.) Attend to precision. It is surprisingly easy to mistake chirality in an object. How can you make the chirality truly obvious?
7.) Look for and make use of structure. What kinds of objects would best demonstrate what chirality means?