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KS3 Science & Maths - Breaking News!: Magical Knot Theory

Information to help you create a science and maths news flash, mini-documentary or advert (year 8) - compiled by your Librarians.

Stimulus Questions

Magical Knot Theory is a branch of mathematics and used by magicians!

Scientists are even studying knotting in DNA and polymers.

§  What is an ‘unknot’?

§  What are the Borromean rings?

Books in the Senior Library

Untying the unknot

Handcuffs Puzzle

Here is the detail setting up to play the classic Handcuffs Puzzle using rope by two people, with images for the solution. Try it and have fun!

Find more information...

Have a go at finding some more information using the search engines in the boxes below.  Sweet Search and ipl2 both look for useful information for students on the internet. 

Here are some ideas of keywords to search for:

Borromean Rings

Sweet Search - a search engine for students

Try to find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.