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Tiling arbitrarily large portions of the plane implies tiling the plane?

Suppose that one has a finite collection of types of (polygonal) tiles. We say that we can cover a region of the plane if we can place tiles in a non-overlapping fashion (except for edges of tiles ...
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What is the mathematical significance of Penrose tiles?

I have a very limited understanding of groups and symmetry gained mostly from online videos (for eg. this one), so forgive me if this sounds ignorant. Particular parts of Penrose tilings exhibit ...
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Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only isohedral polyhedron that tiles 3-space (other than the cube)?

Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only face-transitive (or isohedral, i.e. all faces are the same) polyhedron that seamlessly tiles 3-dimensional Euclidean space (other than the cube)? I'm looking ...
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What are the parameters for the edge-match-restricting arcs drawn on Penrose tilings?

I would like to try generating some computer art involving Penrose tilings. I'm looking into the layouts algorithms separately, this question concerns the decoration. Here is a schematic of P2: No ...
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What are interesting ways to tile a square image? Or a transformation that make an image tilling-able?

I want a method to tile arbitrary square image. For most cases the boundaries do not agree. So I are looking for a transformation from a square image to a square image whose boundaries agrees. One ...
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What is it that determines the degree of a tile, and to what extent does the shape of a tile determine its degree?

I'd be interested to learn if/what the geometric or algebraic approach to acquiring a tile of degree 2, 3,..., n (i.e. a tile of an arbitrary degree) would be? Asked another way- what is it that ...
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Decomposable Families of Shapes

There are two types of golden triangles in the world, as shown in the following picture: Here $\varphi = \dfrac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ denotes the golden ratio. Each of these golden triangles can be ...
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Does the fact that a tiling is tile-uniform always guarantee that it is also vertex-uniform?

It seems to me that if a tiling is tile-uniform, then it must be vertex-uniform as well. But is this the case? How would one go about devising a proof? By 'tile-uniform', I mean a tiling whose ...
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Polygonal tilings: differentiating between tiles and tilings, and their edges and vertices?

I'm just starting to study tilings in a groups and geometry module, and I'd like some confirmation of my understanding of precisely what it is which differentiates a single tile, from a tiling- when ...
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Algorithm to get the maximum size of n squares that fit into a rectangle with a given width and height

I am looking for an algorithm that can return the number of size of n squares that fit into a a rectangle of a given width and height, maximizing the use of space (thus, leaving the least amount of ...
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Pictorial puzzle

Can someone suggest a pictorial representation of a mathematical puzzle or problem that could be represented in coloured tiles on an orangery floor $4489\times7525$mm with an insert of $907 ...
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Are there 3D tilings of a 3D projective hyperplane or 3-sphere?

I noticed that pentagons tile the projective plane (a spherical dodecahedron). Something they do not do on a flat euclidean plane. Is there analogous 3D tilings (honeycombs) of a 3D projective ...
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Determining if a set of hexagons on a grid can tile the plane

Suppose I have a regular grid of identical hexagons that tile the plane. How can I determine if a connected subset of these hexagons can tile the plane by translations that form a (Bravais) lattice? ...
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Floret Tessellation of a Sphere

I'm a programmer looking to create a 3D model of a Floret Tessellation of a sphere, like the one in this picture Class III 8,11 floret planar net (source) If anyone could point me in the right ...
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Explicit formula for the position of “bent wedge” tiles

Is there an explicit formula to compute the position and the angle of the $n$th tile of a bent wedge tiling ?
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574 views

How to tile a sphere with points at an even density?

I'm writing a bit of code to plot twitter usage across the globe. To do this, I'm searching for users within n km of a certain longitude/latitude (a circular area), at many different lat/lon ...
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Covering points on a sphere with a disk

Suppose $m$ points ("sites") are selected on the unit sphere $S^2$. For a given radius $r < \pi$, we can define a disk around any point on the sphere as the set of points at geodesic distance at ...
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Hexagon into 12 identical hexagons

Puzzle: Divide a regular hexagon into 12 identical non-convex hexagons. I found this at Jaap Scherphuis' Tiling Applet, and it looks new to me. Are there any solutions other than the one answer ...
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Tiling pythagorean triples with minimal polyominoes

Given a Pythagorean triple $(a,b,c)$ satisfying $a^2+b^2=c^2$, how to calculate the least number of polyominoes of total squares $c^2$, needed, such that both the square $c^2$ can be build by piecing ...
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Dividing a square into equal-area rectangles

How many ways are there to tile an $n\times n$ square with exactly $n$ rectangles, each of which has integer sides and area $n$? The sequence $C(n)$ begins 1, 2, 2, 9, 2, 46, 2, 250, 37. Clearly ...
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Tiling with polyominos

How to prove or disprove that if a polyomino tiles the plane, it must also be able to perfectly tile some larger polyomino, which also tiles the plane? A polyomino is finite set of unit squares ...
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Why a tesselation of the plane by a convex polygon of 7 or more sides is not possible?

I read in several places, including Wikipedia, that a tessellation of the plane by a single, convex, $n-$sided polygon is not possible for $n\geq7$. I was not able to locate a proof, or a paper that ...
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Planar kelvin problem

What is the minimal possible value of the maximal total sidelength shared by any two tiles in a tiling of the plane if all tiles have the same area A? total sidelength = Length-integral of the curve ...
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347 views

Decomposing a circle into similar pieces

Is it possible to decompose a circle into finitely many similar disjoint pieces, one of which contains the circle's center in its interior?
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Can a rectangle be cut into 5 equal non-rectangular pieces?

How to prove that the only figure of which 3 copies can be used to tile a rectangle is a rectangle? Is it possible to cut a rectangle into 5 equal (modulo rotations/reflections) non-rectangular ...
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3D picture of the 38-sided Engel space-filling polyhedron

On page 220 of Peter Engel's Geometric Crystallography, he describes a 38-sided convex polyhedron that can fill space. I've seen this this accepted as the record in various places, but I've never ...
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The “XX XX” polyomino

The polyomino XX XX (two blocks of two squares with a gap) does not tile any rectangle, how to prove/disprove that it tiles the plane?
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Is there such a thing as the “edge-face dual” of a polyhedron, and is the “edge-face dual” of a cube a rhombic dodecahedron?

The dual of a polyhedron is a polyhedron where the vertices of one correspond to the faces of the other, and vice versa. Is there always a similar correspondence between a pair of polyhedra where the ...
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What is the smallest number of $45^\circ-60^\circ-75^\circ$ triangles that a square can be divided into?

What is the smallest number of $45^\circ-60^\circ-75^\circ$ triangles that a square can be divided into? The image below is a flawed example, from http://www.mathpuzzle.com/flawed456075.gif ...
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Truncated octahedron is bipartite. Proof?

Any idea how to proof that when 3D space is tiled with truncated octahedra, all vertices can be colored black and white such that no 2 vertices sharing the same color are adjacent?
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Truncated octahedron tiles 3D space. Proof?

where can I find a proof that truncated octahedron tiles Euclidean 3D space?
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Penrose Tile generator

Does anyone know if there's a client or web app that generates Penrose patterns which can then be converted to a tileable rectangular background image for web site? I found this ...
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Decomposing the plane into intervals

A recent Missouri State problem stated that it is easy to decompose the plane into half-open intervals and asked us to do so with intervals pointing in every direction. That got me trying to ...
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Tiling Posters on a Wall

I'm a noob, and I'm not a mathematician (Although I will be a Math major next semester). My question is: I have 68 maps I would like to use as posters on my wall at home. They are all rectangles, ...