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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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What does “uniqueness of composition” mean here? (Grünbaum-Shephard's Tilings and Patterns)

This is a follow-on from a previous question, in which I paraphrased Statement 10.1.1 of Grünbaum and Shephard's Tilings and Patterns. The original statement is shown below: where Figures 10.1.3 to ...
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What is the dual lattice of Kagome lattice?

We know that the dual lattice of a triangular lattice is the honeycomb lattice. What is the dual lattice of Kagome lattice?
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Semiregular tilings of the hyperbolic plane

Consider the irregular quadrilateral tiling of the Euclidean plane depicted by the log-log coordinate grid: I'm wondering if in the Hyperbolic plane exist some analog of this kind of tiling where ...
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How can I compute angles & lengths of the following tiling shape

a while back I created a tile made of arrows: I did it using a vector graphics software, without really understanding the properties of this shape. Now, let's say I want to write a program to ...
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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 the simple Heesch-2 polyforms?

At the Tiling Database: There are 3, 20, 198, 1390 non-tiling polyominoes of order 7 to 10. There are 4, 37, 381, 2717 non-tiling polyhexes of order 6 to 9. There are 1, 0, 20, 103, 594, 1192, 6290 ...
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Another new periodic tiling of the plane from Pythagorian triplets

Lets have a square with sides equal to a=13. From this square we can construct a dodecagon and an octagon which cover the plane. Please see the diagram below. If you prefer all the polygons to be ...
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Tilings of the Hyperbolic plane

Given a tiling of the hyperbolic plane projected onto a unit disc such as this which can be considered as a graph. I then define some functions: $f(r) =$ number of graph nodes contained within the a ...
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Squaring rectangles

it is a nice high-school exercise to prove that a square can be tiled with n squares if and only if n=1, 4 or is any integer greater or equal to 6. A direct consequence is that any rectangle that can ...
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Tiling a rectangle and tensor products

Consider the following theorem: Whenever a rectangle is tiled by rectangles each of which has at least one integer side, then the tiled rectangle has at least one integer side. There is a paper ...
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Given 4 tile types, what are the chances that there are no sets of 3 in a 6x6 array?

I know this question seems arbitrary, but it actually applies to a matching game that I'm writing. I randomly typed the following letters and created a 6x6 array using the letters A, S, D, and F. ...
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penrose tilings and symmetry

After going through the following question on Penrose Tiling and reading de Bruijn's papers on the subject, I came accross Grünbaum and Shephardbook "Tilings and Patterns", p. 543, where they say that ...
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How many subsets of NxM rectangle are tileable by dominos?

There are a lot of articles, formulas and algorithms for the number of domino tilings for some region, but I couldn't find anything about number of tileable regions. Is there any exact formula or at ...
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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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How get closest vertex in triangular tiling from coordinates on plane?

Currently I have a plane with square tiling. It pretty trivial to get point on plane mapped to vertex of square tiling: plane point (x; y) -> vertex of square tiling (x div A; y div A). How to get ...
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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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Tiling an L-shape with “almost square”s

ABSTRACT: Define an "almost square" as a rectangles with aspect ratio in $[{1 \over 2},2]$. What is the minimal number of interior-disjoint almost-squares required to tile the following L-shape (where ...
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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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Generating evenly distributed points on a sphere

How could I write an algorithm to generate n points distributed 'evenly' on a sphere? I already wrote an algorithm to generate points distributed uniformly on the surface (here), but by 'evenly' ...
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Minimial Tiling Problem on a sphere

This question is a revision of the math exchange post found here. Consider the following: A sphere, $S$, with radius $r_1$. N regions projected onto $S$, whose projections, $\left\lbrace E_i ...
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Name of Generalized/Generic Polyominoes

I was just wondering whether there were any names for all "polyomino-like" objects. Preferably, objects in this set would satisfy some basic condition (such as being composed of 'tiles' and the ...
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Wang's Tile Reference

I am working on projects in solving ground state of generalized ising models. One recent work involves tiling with basic tiles that filled the whole lattice. For example, we could obtain results: ...
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Tile a spline with bricks

I have a series of identically sized virtual Lego bricks. I need to "tile" these bricks along the length of a Hermite spline to create a curved road. The spline is two-dimensional. E.g. the curve only ...
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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? ...