T Strips

Author : Gavin Theobald

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The "T" of T strips stands for Trapezium. Trapeziums put end to end will not form a strip unless each alternate one is turned through 180 degrees first. So again we dissect a shape to form a strip element, but for T strips the need to invert alternate elements puts additional limitations on the strip element shape.

On the strips below we mark "anchor" points on the strips using small red dots. These are the points of reflection between successive strip elements. We also mark the intermediate points with blue dots. The use of these points will be explained later.

The equilateral triangle does not require dissection to form a strip. It will be seen that T strips frequently require fewer pieces to form them than do P strips. This is one of their advantages.

Triangle strip

The square strip can be used as either a P strip or a T strip:

Square strip

The simplest T strip for the pentagon is the following:

Pentagon strip

The following T strip for the pentagon is more complex than any we have seen yet. Unlike for all previous strips, the strip element does not extend across the whole strip.

Pentagon strip

Here are two different hexagon strips.

Hexagon strip Hexagon strip

Here are two very similar strips for the heptagon:

Heptagon strip Heptagon strip

The following octagon strips are very useful.

Octagon strip Octagon strip

There are no simple T strips for the enneagon, decagon or dodecagon. Later we will investigate T strips for the enneagon, decagon and octagram.

The following strips are for the pentagram. The first in particular is very useful:

Pentagram strip Pentagram strip

Here are two hexagram strips:

Hexagram strip Hexagram strip
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