The Challenge: With a compass or with tech like Geogebra or Desmos Geometry, to recreate the Lotfallah Mosque Dome design.
Materials Needed: compass, straight edge, colors. You could also use graphing software for this.
Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: angles, circles, geometric construction, geometry, Islamic geometry, lines, polygons, proportions/ratios, symmetry, vertices/intersections
I learned this from this website (which happens to also have fantastic beginners Islamic Geometry tutorials!)
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!
5.) Use appropriate tools strategically. Which materials make your pattern most accurate? What kinds of pencils/pens? What sort of coloring helps highlight the the structure best?
6.) Attend to precision. Per all the Islamic geometry tasks, this will really help. Take your time!
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