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# Round and Round the Circle

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Age 7 to 11

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*Round and Round the Circle printable sheet*

I started with a clock without hands or lines showing the minutes (except for those where there is a number). The $12$ was replaced by a $0$ and the numbers placed outside the face.

I drew straight lines to join up the numbers.

I started by counting in ones and I got a $12$-gon (that is a $12$-sided polygon - if you like long words you can call it a dodecagon).

Then I drew straight lines counting round in $2$s. And I got ...?

Perhaps you could try without putting the numbers round the circles.

I tried $5$s (wow!) and $6$s (well!).

Each time I go on drawing lines until I get to the point where I first started.

Then I tried $7$s, $8$s, $9$s, $10$s, and $11$s.

Something interesting was happening.

Why don't you try it? What patterns do you notice emerging?

And what about counting round in $12$s?

Which shapes are the same? Can you think of a reason why?

Can you see a connection between the number in which you are counting around the circle and the number of sides in the shape you are making?

We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.