Projects for Math 122: Math in Art

• General Description of How Projects Fit Into This Course
• You do not have to do every project (see above link for more information), but each project has a date by which it is due, a week or two after we finished talking about the relevant topic.
• Projects will generally be due on Fridays.
• See course policies for my policies on late projects.
• Below is a very brief description of each project, along with due dates, and maximum points available. For a more complete description of a particular project, click on the project number.

 Brief Description of project Due date Maximum points 1 Read a book or article on math in art 11/30/12 50 or more (long book) 30 (Flatland or similar) 10-15 (10-20 page article) 1-10 (shorter article) 2 Create work rigorously using proportion 9/21/12 30 (15 or more measurements) 15 (7-10 measurements) 5-10 (fewer measurements) 3 Analyze Seurat's La Parade for evidence 10/5/12 25 (>= 16 good prospects) of the Golden Ratio 15 (10 good prospects) 7 (5 good prospects) 4 Create work incorporating Golden Ratio 10/12/12 50 (extensive/varied use and and/or Fibonacci numbers an analysis of the resulting work) 5 Draw house using 3D coordinates and 10/26/12 30 (if extensively) perspective formulae personalized) 15 (if no personalization) 6 Graph a perspective image of a room, by 11/9/12 60 (for 40 or more points) collecting 3D points and using perspective 30 (for 20 points), etc formulae Points to be divided among group members 7 Create work using perspective techniques 11/16/12 35 (extensive/varied use and developed in class analysis of viewing position) 8 Create work of anamorphic art 11/16/12 25 (create grid & find viewing distance) 15 (find viewing distance for given grid) 10 (art alone) (Optional) Perspective grid for Project 8 (Optional) Corresponding Straight grid 9 Create a fractal using the recursive 11/30/12 30 (if 3-4 steps & find dim.) process 15 (if 3-4 steps) 10 Read Flatland; write a description of 12/7/12 40 (substantial and sound, from book) constraints on life in 2D (20 if read Flatland for Proj 1) 20 (substantial, sound; from movie) 11 Construct "unfolded" hypercube, 12/7/12 20 (3D & correctly colored) identifying connecting faces 12 Write a speculation on life in the 4th 12/7/12 25 (sound & creative) dimension, based on sound math

Janice Sklensky
Wheaton College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
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