The Art and Mathematics of Tangrams

Xiaoxi Tian
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 553–556 Short Papers


This article is about the application of tangrams in teaching mathematical concepts. A brief history of the tangram is introduced, and is followed by a series of examples that involve arranging a set of thirteen convex polygons. These examples help to illustrate not only the mathematical elegance of tangrams, but also serve as a springboard for discussing the tangram in actual educational contexts.