In an odd coincidence with our last class, Science Friday just put up a video about the sculptor!
This semester, I have been using BlendSpace to hold all of the videos, images, and links that I share with this class. We do a number of hands-on activities in each class, so those aren’t captured in these “lessons,” but a generally post a link to a description of a similar activity for student who… Read More Math | Art | Design, Spring 2016
This week we finished with symmetry. You can click here for notes in which I review the types of symmetry (reflection, rotation, translation, and glide reflection) and go over how we categorize rosettes, frieze patterns, and wallpaper patterns. I also gave out this flowchart that can be used to help you classify a wallpaper pattern. Your… Read More Week 8 Recap: Symmetry wrap-up and a first taste of fractals
Hi all! This week you got your first taste of drawing your own fractals in class, and started to learn more about fractals from the Nova video Hunting the Hidden Dimension. Remember that fractals are self-similar when we zoom in to an arbitrarily small region, are created by iteration, and are rough or fragmented. We… Read More Week 5: Homework and More
Here are notes and materials from our fourth week of MAD: Here are the notes projected up in both classes. Particularly if you missed Monday due to weather, read over these and leave a comment with any questions. All of Vi Hart’s videos on the Fibonacci sequence and plants: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3… Read More Week 4: Iteration
I want to start the week off with the “droste effect,” which is when a picture appears within itself. It’s an example of “self-similarity,” which we will discuss a little later in the semester. It’s also an example of an infinity which gets infinite small, just as happens with Zeno’s dichotomy paradox and the coloring… Read More Week 3: Zeno’s Dichotomy paradox, Droste Effect, and bigger infinities
I’m excited for the course, and excited to meet all of you. In past semesters, the course has been interesting, challenging, provocative, and I’ve learned quite a lot. A few things to know as we start working together I’ve finished the syllabus for the course, so take a look at it to acquaint yourself with… Read More Welcome to Math, Art, and Design