Flexagons and the Math Behind Twisted Paper
Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Start Date: 17 Dec, 2018
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn how to make flexagons - beautiful and unique paper constructions - and explore the math behind them.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Discover the unusual math 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.


This course is aimed at learners who enjoy being creative, solving puzzles, folding paper and revealing hidden mathematics. It will also help mathematics teachers who are looking for material for enrichment programs.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

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. Founded in 1934 by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the chemist who became the first president of the State of Israel, the Institute today has five faculties – Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The basic premise underlying all of its research is that its scientists are required, first and foremost, to follow their own curiosity. This has led to fascinating cross-collaboration between researchers in every corner of the Institute and findings that often represent leaps in our understanding of the world.

Today, Weizmann Institute scientists are leading the world in such areas as personalised medicine, nano-biological chips, advanced methods of tissue transplantation, deciphering mysterious supernova blasts, developing new methods for uncovering the genetic basis of disease, producing quasiparticles with one-fourth the charge of an electron and photon-based devices that could form the future basis of quantum communication, and much more.

In line with the Weizmann Institute’s focus on curiosity-driven research is its emphasis on science education. The Davidson Institute of Science Education, the Institute’s science education arm, directs and organises the Institute’s educational activities, from teacher enrichment courses to after-school activities and science camps.

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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