This activity is an investigation of a special nonregular tetrahedron that can be arranged to fill space without leaving any internal gaps in the same way that certain planar figures tessellate the plane. These tetrahedra can be connected together with hinges to make fun and interesting puzzles. More background information can be found in the paper "An Amazing, Space-Filling, Non-Regular Tetrahedron" by Joyce Frost and Peg Cagle, published by the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (available at mathforum.org/pcmi/hstp/resources/dodeca/).
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M. Cagle, J. Frost, C. Latulippe, Yong, D.H., "A Space-Filling, Nonregular Tetrahedron," ComMuniCator (California Mathematics Council), 35:4 (June 2011), 52-55.