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D:  [[Image:Knot4.png]] E:  [[Image:Knot5.png]] F:  [[Image:Knot6.png]]
D:  [[Image:Knot4.png]] E:  [[Image:Knot5.png]] F:  [[Image:Knot6.png]]
==External links==
* [http://www.entrelacs.net/ Celtic Knotwork: the Ultimate Tutorial] A Look at the Construction and Mathematics of Celtic Knots
* [http://www.thinkythings.org/knotwork/knotwork.html Draw Your Own Celtic Knotwork] Comprehensive list of links to both knotwork tutorials and a knotwork bibliography.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_knot Celtic Knots (Wikipedia)] Original source for the image of the Lindisfarne Knot and the two links mentioned above.

Revision as of 09:47, 15 March 2007


Objective: Symmetry in non-geometric shapes is quite interesting. Celtic art is quite symmetrical in nature.

Rozette groups

Recall that for a finite shape, we may classify it by its symmetry group. We first check if the figure has reflectional symmetry or not.

  1. If there is reflectional symmetry, then it is denoted as a ‘D’ group.
  2. If there is no reflectional symmetry, then it is denoted as a ‘C’ group.
  3. Finally, we check what the largest degree of rotational symmetry is for our figure. This number is the added to the ‘D’ or ‘C’ we assigned before.

With Celtic art one should be careful! The under- and over-crossings have a tendency to destroy reflectivity. Hence most Celtic designs will be classified as a cylyc group Cn where n denotes the degree of rotational symmetry.

Above we see a knot that has 3-fold rotational symmetry and hence would be classsified as a C3.


Determine the Rozette Groups for these Celtic Knots:

A: Knot1.png B: Knot2.png C: Knot3.png

D: Knot4.png E: Knot5.png F: Knot6.png

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