Teaching Mathematics through Brick Patterns
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There are many elements of architecture that provide teachers and students useful opportunities for mathematical explorations. In this article educator David Reid examines a few aspects of what is possible with only one structure, the brick wall. Mathematics can make us more aware of aspects of the world we might normally ignore. This allows students to develop different view of mathematics, richer than the image of rules and facts that they often have. In the activities Reid describes here, the study of the patterns found in brick walls and pavements makes his students more aware of symmetry as a way of seeing.