Subject: Frieze patterns proof

Name: Brian

Who is asking: Student

Level: All

Question:

I am doing a research project on frieze patterns (also called band patterns or border patterns). I know that there are exactly seven different types of frieze patterns, but I have been unable to find a proof for this. If you could tell me this proof, or tell me some internet sites on which I can find material on this, I would be very grateful.

Sincerely,

Brian Bairstow

Hi Brian

Proof outlines can be found in lots of recent books dealing with
geometry. For example, Coxeter, INTRODUCTION TO GEOMETRY (1969) section
3.7 (pp. 47-49).

But you can prove it yourself faster than looking up the proof.

There are only 5 types of isometries that map a horizontal strip to itself:

- a translation
- a half-turn (i.e. rotation through 180 degrees)
- a reflection in a vertical mirror
- a reflection in a horizontal mirror
- a glide reflection.

I hope this helps.

Chris

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