Learn how to make flexagons - beautiful and unique paper constructions - and explore the mathematics behind them.
Discover the unusual mathematics of twisted strips of paper
Flexagons are twisted strips of folded paper, which reveal their properties when flexed.
This online course will explain what flexagons are, their history and their naming conventions. You’ll find out how to create your own flexagons and be able to share them with our global community of learners.
You’ll also explore mathematical fields that provide tools to analyze flexagons, including topology and graph theory and learn about Möbius strips, Tuckermann diagrams and more.
What topics will you cover?
- The invention of flexagons
- How to make flexagons
- Cyclic and non-cyclic flexagons
- Advanced flexagons
- Möbius strips and their surprising properties
- The mathematics behind flexagons, Möbius strips and knotted paper bands
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 14 December 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Produce, create and fold Flexagons and Mobius Strips.
- Explore flexagons and discover some of their unique properties.
- Synthesize your knowledge and discover links between different mathematical tools.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at learners who enjoy being creative, solving puzzles, folding paper and revealing hidden mathematics. It will be especially useful for parents or teachers looking to inspire a love of mathematics and do fun mathematical activities with young people.
Who will you learn with?
I'm a recreational mathematician and metagrobologist and head our institute's technology in the education unit. I have a PhD in theoretical quantum chemistry, and think mathematics and science are really cool!
Who developed the course?
Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science
The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute.
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