Truchet Tiles

Monday: Truchet Tiles

By George Hart for
the Museum of Mathematics

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Here is a set of laser-cut Truchet
 with circular arcs, designed to be rearranged in a frame. The top layer parts with the quarter-circle arcs are glued to the squares of the bottom layer. The rule when assembling the tiles is to match
high to high and low to low.

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With just these two types of pieces, you can make a variety of patterns ranging from only circular islands to only circular lakes, with many possible landscapes in-between. Because the
surface is raised, you can make rubbings with a pencil or crayon to save your favorites to paper.

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