Tessellations in geometryA couple of examples of tessellations in geometry are shown below: Tessellation with rectangles 1) The rectangles or triangles are repeated to cover a flat surface 2) No gaps, or overlaps between the rectangles or the triangles A tessellation is also called tiling.Of course tiles in your house form a tessellation Not all figures will form tessellations in geometry When a figure can form a tessellation, the figure is said to tessellate Every triangle tessellates Every quadrilateral tessellates Why can we say with confidence that the above 2 statements are true? Well, since there are no gaps and no overlaps, the sum of the measures of the angles around any vertex must be equal to 360 degrees as seen below with red circles We can use then the formula to find the interior angle of a regular polygon to check if a figure will tessellate Interior angle of a regular polygon = [180 × (n2)] / n Let's say n = 5. This is a pentagon Interior angle of the pentagon = [180 × (52)] / 5 Interior angle of the pentagon = [180 × 3] / 5 Interior angle of the pentagon = 540 / 5 Interior angle of the pentagon = 108 degrees There is no way to make 360 with 108 since 108 + 108 + 108 = 324 and 108 + 108 + 108 + 108 = 432 Therefore the pentagon will not tessellate as you can see below: Tessellations can happen with translations, rotations, and reflections. 




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