It's been a while since my son and I made math art magic with Möbius strips and it was time for some more math fun, this time we explored the geometry magic and accomplished the impossible! (Melodramatic, much?)
We turned two circles into one square.
"Inconceivable!" you shout. "No one can turn two closed curves into a regular quadrilateral!"
"Ah, ha!" I answer, "That is this power of math."
But seriously, this geometry paper trick is totally awesome and you will amaze and impress your children when you show them how it is done. And isn't that our goal in life? (Note: I included affiliate links in this post.)
What you need:
- 2 paper strips of equal length. I used origami paper to make it snazzy and pretty.
- a passion for the thrill of math
Watch the how-to video, or scroll down for the instructions:
Form one strip into a circle. Tape.
Loop the second strip through the circle in the manner of a paper chain. Tape.
Securely tape the two circles together. Important: tape loops together on both sides.
Carefully cut one circle in half lengthwise. Now you have two loops connected by one long strip. (You are correct, this is not a square. Smarty pants.)
Cut the remaining strip down the middle.
Oooooo, ahhhhhh and say, "Wow!"
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