 # Tessellations and graph questions

Example 1

On the graph show this quadrilateral tessellating at least 5 times.

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On the grid below draw 7 more quadrilateral tessellations.

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A bathroom floor needed to be tiled and the owners left two types of tiles. Show in the diagram how the builder will lay the floor.

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Here is a tessellating pattern made from equilateral triangles. a)  Write down the size of each interior angle in the equilateral triangle.

b)  Explain why equilateral triangles tessellate.

a) Interior angles of a triangle=180^@

As an equilateral triangle has equal length sides all interior angles are equal, so each interior angle =180/3=60^@

b) The interior angle of a shape which meets the common vertex must divide into 360 to produce a whole number (integer) in order for it to tessellate. As the interior angles of an equilateral triangle=60^@

360/60=6

6 is a whole number so equilateral triangles will tessellate.

Example 5

Here is a tessellating pattern made from equilateral triangles and squares. Explain why equilateral triangles and squares can form a pattern that tessellates.

For a group of shapes to tessellate the interior angles of the shapes around the common vertex must add up to 360^@.
In this example the common vertex is at the centre of 2 red equilateral triangles, 2 yellow squares and one blue equilateral triangle. The interior angle of the equilateral triangles =60^@ and the interior angle of a square 90^@.
Therefore 90+90+60+60+60=360 so this pattern tessellates.