Syllabus for Math and Art
Spring 2003

 Monday Wednesday Friday 1/27 Introduction 1/29 The Great Pyramid 1/31 The Mean and Extreme Ratio The Mean and Extreme Ratio Golden Ratio in the Pyramid Proportions Assignment 0 due 2/3 Golden Ratio in Pyramid: aliens? 2/5 Similar Figures 2/7 More with Similarity Pizza Cutter Method Greek Puzzles: gnomons Squaring the Circle Problem Set 1 due Topic proposal, literature search 2/10 More with Gnomons 2/12 The Golden Rectangle 2/14 Fibonacci Numbers and Their The Golden Rectangle in Art Connection With Phi Problem Set 2 due Project 1 due 2/17 Answer HW Questions 2/19 Creating a Perspective Machine 2/21 Setting the Stage for Perspective Video: Life By the Numbers Art Show (if time) Problem Set 3 due Intro to 3-space 2/24 Intro to 3-space 2/26 Practice plotting points and 2/28 Using 3-space to draw calculating distance in 3-space perspective images Detailed Project Proposal Due 3/3 Using 3-space to draw 3/5 Using Excel to draw more 3/7 Vanishing Points perspective images complicated images in perspective Problem Set 4 due 3/10 Finding the correct viewing position 3/12 Rules of Perspective 3/14 Duplicating rectangles in perspective Subdividing rectangles Summary of Math for Project due Problem Set 5 due Brief summary for the class, also 3/17 3/19 3/21 Spring Break 3/24 Motivation for Symmetry 3/26 Moratorium 3/28 Rigid Motions Rigid Motions Reflections Problem Set 6 due 3/31 Rotations 4/2 Translations 4/4 Reflections Rough sketch, math analysis due Project 2 due Problem Set 7 due Art Show 4/7 Classifying based on Symmetry 4/9 Classifying based on Symmetry 4/11 Classifying border patterns Problem Set 8 due Project 3 due 4/14 Classifying border patterns 4/16 Classifying wallpaper patterns 4/18 Classifying wallpaper patterns Art Show Problem Set 9 due Rough draft of paper, good artwork 4/21 Symmetry of Scale 4/23 The Sierpinski Gasket 4/25 Recursion The Koch Snowflake Fractional Dimension Complex Numbers Problem Set 10 due Project 4 due 4/28 The Mandelbrot Set 4/30 Hyperspace 5/2 Hyperspace Problem Set 11 due Art Show Final draft of paper, artwork 5/5 5/7 Presentations on projects 5/9

Janice Sklensky
Wheaton College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Science Center, Room 109
Norton, Massachusetts 02766-0930
TEL (508) 286-3973
FAX (508) 285-8278
jsklensk@wheatonma.edu

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