#MathArtChallenge Day 21: Agra Fort Islamic Design

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Create this design from the Agra Fort.

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MATERIALS NEEDED: If you have a compass, use this tutorial from Samira Mian. If you do not have a compass, you can use my instructions for making this from a regular grid below that.

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#MathArtChallenge Day 20: Origami Icosahedron

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Fold 30 identical pieces of paper to put together as an icosahedron.

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MATERIALS NEEDED: 30 square pieces of paper. No problem if it’s not origami paper, you can use regular paper (and you can decorate it if you want!)

#MathArtChallenge Day 19: Alternating knots

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Draw an alternating knot. Then see if there’s any way to draw a looping line that cannot be turned into an alternating knot.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Pencil & eraser, or whiteboard, or markers?

#MathArtChallenge Day 18: Celtic Knots

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Create a Celtic knot, and do some wondering about why you got the number of links that you did. Can you predict how many links you’ll get? (I wrote another blog post on this a while ago, but only go there if you need more examples, because I reveal a lot of the good stuff in it: Knots, Links, & Learning)

MATERIALS NEEDED: Paper, pencil. If you have grid paper, that might help, and here is some special grid paper you can use courtesy of Justin Aion.

Here is a visual set of instructions, and below that is a video tutorial.

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#MathArtChallenge Day 17: PERMUTOHEDRONS

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Create your very own order 4 Permutohedron (see video below).

MATERIALS NEEDED: Paper, pencil, patience, and if you want to go 3D, you sure can.

To see an answer, scroll down. (To not spoil the fun, you have to scroll down pretty far.)

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Here you go. This is a flattened version of the answer, but it’s really satisfying to find. If you were to build this in 3D you would get a truncated octahedron. Every permutation should be connected to 3 other permutations.

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#MathArtChallenge Day 16: Mondrian Puzzles

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Create a Mondrian artwork (maybe with a goal of getting the lowest score?) Here’s a Math Pickle article to get you started.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Writing utensil and paper. (This would be fun with chalk!)

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Above is my attempt at a 6×6 grid. I do not yet, I believe, have the best solution, but it’s okay. Stay tuned for a bonus twist to this one today!

#MathArtChallenge Day 15: Isometric Illusions

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Create an illusion using isometric lines.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Isometric Grid paper You can print some or you can create some (that just takes a bit of patience). Pencil and ERASER. This challenge is best done as an exercise in erasing, changing and play. You can see in my time lapse below just how much erasing I did and I’ve done this kind of thing many times before. Be gentle with yourself.

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#MathArtChallenge Day 14: Hitomezashi stitching (Suggested by Katherine Seaton)

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

Thanks to Katherine Seaton for sharing this idea!

THE CHALLENGE: Using grid paper, assign each row/column a 0 or a 1. Then “stitch” both ways. You could assign the 0s and 1s as you prefer, or with a coin, or you could code something in binary!

MATERIALS NEEDED: Grid/dot paper (You can print some or make some without too much trouble), or if you have the stitching materials…

Here’s a brilliant long form tutorial from Neil Butler, if that helps!

And here is a brilliant way for you to adapt this to teach experimental probability:

#MathArtChallenge Day 13: Overlapping Circles

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Can you figure out all of the ways that 3 circles overlap?

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MATERIALS NEEDED: Curiosity and patience. Whatever medium you like! Please watch ONLY the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of this video. If you watch more, the answer will be given away! Don’t ruin it for yourself! It’ll be so satisfying if you do it yourself!

#MathArtChallenge Day 12: DRAGONS

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

PROPS TO: Kate Nowak who suggested this.

THE CHALLENGE: Create as many iterations of the Dragon Fractal as you can. See below for my attempts and videos to help.

MATERIALS NEEDED: There are a couple options here.

  1. Paper and marker (sharpie?). Maybe grid paper, preferably paper that is thin enough to see through (notebook paper is normally thin enough)
  2. Strips of paper to fold it.
  3. Whiteboard marker and whiteboard/window?
  4. ??? I bet you have better ideas than I do.

Here are my attempts:

 

And below are videos explaining what it is and how you can make it, too!