Math in the News: 1/12/12
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In this issue we look at the Burj Khalifa Tower.

In this issue we look at the Burj Khalifa Tower.

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Math in the News: 1/12/12 Math in the News: 1/12/12 Presentation Transcript

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  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • Click on this video link to get a view of the Tower from different perspectives. Make a note of what the base of the tower looks like.
    http://youtu.be/16BFrEBZQS4
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • This is an overhead view of the base of the Tower. You can see three main wings to the structure.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • This design was inspired by this desert flower, a relative of the tiger lily. You can see two congruent forms similar to the base of the tower.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • Like the flower, the Tower has rotational symmetry. If you rotate the shape 120°, you end up with the same shape you started with.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • We can overlay a hexagon over the flower. The hexagon also has rotational symmetry.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • Here you can see that if you rotate the hexagon 60°, you end up with the same shape. (We’ve highlighted one of the hexagon sides to more easily see the rotation.)
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • The Burj Khalifa is in the United Arab Emirates, an Islamic country. Throughout its history, Islamic art uses hexagons and other composite shapes with rotational symmetry.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • Go to to Google Maps to become more familiar with the Burj Khalifa Tower. Look at the views from the Tower and the various views of the Tower.
  • Burj Khalifa Tower
    • Using the metaphor of the flower, the Burj Khalifa is a desert bloom, a symbol of a vibrant economy in the Arabian Peninsula.