Tessellations -- those gapless, mesmerizing mosaics of defined shapes -- pop up everywhere once you know what you're looking for. You can find them under microscopes, radiating from sunflowers and even in the hallowed halls of art museums. What can you tell us about these awesome repeating patterns?
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Let's kick off this quiz with a little etymology. The word "tessellation" derives from the word for what?
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Tessellations and polygons need one another like popcorn needs butter. What's a polygon again?
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Which of the following would NOT be an example of a tessellation?
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If you head into the wild, you'll find that some animals incorporate tessellations on their skin. What would NOT qualify as a tessellation?
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If you're devoted to this hobby, you encounter tessellations all the time.
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What sport likes tessellations so much that it plastered one on its ball?
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If you're going to wow everyone with your knowledge of tessellations, you'll want to mention this famous 14th century palace that's renowned for its incorporation of intricate tessellated patterns. What's it called?
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OK, now you know what the famous landmark is called, but can you tell us where it's located?
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Which famous artist featured tessellations heavily in his work?
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In what country was M.C. Escher born?
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What was M.C. Escher's connection to the Alhambra?
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Enough with the easy questions. Let's get into the nitty-gritty of tessellation. Which of the following regular polygons does NOT tessellate with itself in two dimensions?
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Can you tessellate a plane by combining regular and semiregular polygons?
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Is it true that any four-sided polygon will tessellate?
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When you're talking tessellations, a wallpaper group is another name for a two-dimensional repetitive pattern. How many are there?
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How many wallpaper groups can you glimpse in the mosaics of the Alhambra?
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Which of the following is NOT an example of a Voronoi-like tessellation?
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Which of the following is NOT another name for a Voronoi tessellation?
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What kind of polygons do you get with a Delaunay tessellation?
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