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Embong R, Abdul Aziz N M. Mathematical Transformations and Songket Patterns. ERSS. 2017; 29 (1) :1-11
URL: http://europeansp.org/article-4-35-en.html
Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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Songket the beautiful traditional textile of the Malay in Malaysia is generally appreciated for its aesthetics motifs and patterns, without any thought on the mathematical concepts underlying those patterns. The symmetries in the motifs and the transformations concepts embedded in the pattern of two pieces of sampin songket were studied by utilizing the mathematical software GeoGebra. Based on the symmetries and transformations identified, the songket patterns could be categorized under the symmetry groups standardized by the ::union:: of Crystallography namely the Frieze Pattern and the Wallpaper Pattern. The identified symmetries and transformations concepts were then used to generate new songket patterns, patterns with better symmetry, precise and accurate thread counts. For majority of students, mathematics is considered as a difficult and uninteresting subject, hence the idea of integrating mathematics, arts and one’s culture such as the songket patterns creation activity could act as a catalyst in students’ understanding of some mathematical concepts. It could help teachers to integrate concrete, abstracts ideas and creative elements in the classroom. This might make learning mathematics more interesting. © 2016 The Authors. Published by European Science publishing Ltd. Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the Organizing Committee of European Science publishing Ltd.
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Received: 2019/08/7 | Accepted: 2019/08/7 | Published: 2019/08/7

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