Mathematical Properties of Snowflakes

Winter is almost here, but here in Montreal, snow didn’t wait. Never mind; at Buzzmath, we love snow. Can you guess why? For its mathematical properties, of course!

Think about snowflakes: everyone already folded a piece of paper and cut it to build the most beautiful paper snowflake. Little did we know, we were learning the basics of symmetry!

Real snowflakes present in fact rotational symmetry. Which means, you can rotate a snowflake and it will still look the same. Think of the effect of a kaleidoscope!

This article was inspired by a project by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov; close-up photos of snowflakes. Here are two of them:

 snowflake

For more pictures, visit this page.

 

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