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The Mobius Strip

The Mobius Strip

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You will need:

One piece of paper

Scissors

A felt tip pen and Sticky Tape

Create a mobius strip - materials needed
1 Create a mobius strip - cutting the paper

Cut the paper lengthwise, making a 5cm wide strip of paper.

2 Create a mobius strip - twisting the paper

Give the paper a half twist (180 degrees) and join the ends together with sticky tape.

3 Create a mobius strip - drawing along the paper

Draw a line along the centre of the strip and keep going all the way around the paper.

 

4 Create a mobius strip - continuing the line along the paper

Where did you end up?

5 Create a mobius strip - mobius strip after cutting along the line

Try cutting along the line you made… what happens?

Why Does This Happen?

Shapes are described in a branch of mathematics called Topology. By twisting the paper you created a shape that has one continuous side. Cutting the strip lengthways made a long chain, where there was still only one side! Try twisting the paper in even and odd numbers – does a pattern emerge?

The Mobius strip was discovered in 1858 by August Ferdinand Mobius.

Learn more!

From volume and length through to statistics and trigonometry, the Working Mathematically workshop has your mathematics enrichment covered!

Get in touch with FizzicsEd to find out how we can work with your class.

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