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PENTOMINOES
Tessellations


Any one of the 12 pentominoes can be used as the basis of a tessellation. With most of them (I, L, N, P, V, W, Z) it is easy to see how it can be done. But the F, T, U and X are a little more difficult and, if you are not careful, you will soon find 'holes' in your tessellation.
6. Make a drawing (1cm squared paper is good for this) to show how one of the F, T, U or X pentominoes will tessellate.

You will need to make the drawing big enough so it is easy to see how the pattern repeats - that probably means drawing 20 or more copies of the shape you are using. The proper use of colour also helps to show how the pattern repeats itself.


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