Mann, Jennifer. (2022. Puzzles, Bands, and Knots. In S. Bowen (Ed.), Math Circle Activity Database. American Institute of Mathematics.

Puzzles, Bands, and Knots

Math Circles:
This activity packed session starts with a fun Pythagorean Puzzle Proof. Then, Knot Theory is explored while experimenting with the Mobius Band, Knots and Links; Untangling Ropes and Rings, and acting out the Human Knot Experiment. These explorations are further connected to the coiling and knotting of DNA molecules. These activities are suitable for the classroom or student circles.

Activity Guide

This guide looks at the activity in detail and goes into the underlying math.