THE MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE COURSE SYLLABUS

 

Explorations in Mathematical Art  (MA 261)

SPRING SEMESTER  2013

 

INSTRUCTOR: Claudia Carter

Address: P.O. Box W-1627, Columbus, MS 39701

Phone: Office: 662-329-7360 (ext 8502)

Office: Hooper 116    Classroom: Hooper 110

Office Hours: Check listing outside classroom or office door

e-mail: ccarter@msms.k12.ms.us

website:  www2.msms.k12.ms.us/~ccarter

 

TEXTBOOK:  Chapter 2 of  A Mathematical Journey, Stanley Gudder

Other references:  Drawing and Designing with Confidence, Mike Linn; The Annotated Mona Lisa, by Carol Strickland; Architecture Everywhere, and others.

This course is a project-based class. Projects are expected to be completed on time and appropriate mathematical connections made or points will be deducted from grade.

 

Chronology of Presentations:

 

Weeks 1 – 4                      Symmetry of Patterns: ambigrams; basic rules of symmetry,

connections of math to art: Piet Hein, Juan Gris, Suerat, da

Vinci, Durer, Pannini, creating patterns with symmetry,

paper and scissors polygons, fractal cuts, string designs

 

 Weeks 5 – 7                     Geometric Graphics: Introduction to the Geometer’s

Sketchpad, kaleidoscopes, math distortions as in works of

Salvador Dahli with spreadsheets, spirolaterals around a

theme

 

Weeks 8 – 11                    Constructions and Perspective: Techniques of basic

construction, advanced constructions, line of sight,

perspective, isometrics

 

Weeks 12-13                     Tessellations: Symmetry of tiling the plane, rotations

 

Weeks 14-16                     Origami: Internet research, sample unit origami activities,

techniques of mathematical folds

 

Weeks 16-18                     Residue Designs and Quilts:

                                        Creating multiplication tables in different mods, finding design patterns, creating quilting patterns, lettering

AVERAGE

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