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Why do manmade objects look the way they do?

Symmetry has been an important aspect of human design for millennia. In fact, the symmetry in manmade objects often outstrips the level of symmetry present in the natural world. So which is more beautiful, a perfectly symmetrical building or a nearly-perfect snowflake? Can total asymmetry be just as beautiful?

In this lesson students analyze the symmetry of objects and use geometric reflections to construct symmetrical images of their own. They will then use ideas of symmetry and asymmetry to debate the nature of beauty and perfection.


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Math Topics
Geometry, Symmetry
Middle School
8th Grade

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