From Roger: In my Science-Fiction series, I have a Dyson's Sphere tiled with
regular hexagons. The number of hexagons is over 300,000 and the
radius of the Sphere is roughly 80,000,000 miles. The actual size of the
Sphere and hexagons have been left flexible until I can come up with a
definite number of hexagons that would fit. My problem is the pattern of
hexagons which would fit within the sphere without leaving gaps or
My best guess has been to use four equilateral triangles composed of 78606
hexagons, (396 per edge) arranged around the sphere with six 'zippers' to
connect them and four 'caps' at the points, for a total of 316804 hexagons.
Given the fact that each Hex is the same size, does this seem plausible?
Is there some pattern formula I can use to play with these figures? Simple
divsion of areas will not work if the number derived will not fit into the
pattern to leave a perfectly tiled surface. Thank you. Answered by Chris Fisher.
From Sarah: Cut out of paper or cardboard a quadrilateral having no two sides parallel, no two sides of equal length and no indentations. Can an endless floor be tiled with copies of such a figure? Answered by Claude Tardif.
From Ellen Goldwasser: Hi! My name is Ellen Goldwasser. I'm a seventh grade student and I'm doing a prodject on tessellation. My question is: why will certain shapes (not polygons) tessellate? Thanks for your help! Answered by Penny Nom.
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