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Thursday, July 29, 2010
What does that have to do with math? Well, let's see!
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of three phrases. The first phrase contains five syllables, the second phrase contains seven syllables, and the third contains five syllables. That makes a total of seventeen syllables. The phrases do not have to rhyme.
I wrote my first haiku and it goes like this:
My name is Miles.
I like to solve math problems.
I am a good boy.
Not bad if I do say so myself.
Have you ever written a haiku? If so, send it to me and I will post it.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Make sure the water doesn't overflow! Boy, it sure is hot out here!
He knows that the pool is a cylinder because it’s base is a circle with a diameter of 35 inches and it has a height of 4 inches. The pool's radius will be half of the diameter, which makes it 17.5 inches. In grad school he learned that the formula for calculating the volume of a cylinder is V=3.14*r^2*h.
So he fills in what he knows and solves for the unknown, which is volume.
V=(3.14)(17.5in)^2(4in) so the volume of the water in the pool is 3,846.5 in^3.
Good boy, Miles!
I Ching is an early Chinese texts. While we do not know the exact date it was written, we do know it was created before Christ. It contains a lot of mathematical information using trigrams and hexagrams. Information from the I Ching is still used today. For example, four trigrams from the I Ching are used in the South Korean flag to represent heaven, earth, fire and water.
Did you enjoy listening to this piece of music?
It has been proposed that if the dimensions of your face coincide with the golden ratio, Phi, than you will be beautiful. The Marquardt mask is based on phi, pentagons and dedecagons. The mask can work for women of any ethnicity and from any time period. It even works on men!
You can see if your facial features fit the mask here: Marquardt Mask
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Chris Jordan is an environmental visual artist. He creates images in PhotoShop that represent social justice issues.
Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect who strived to create a natural aesthetic in his work. His organic designs feature large flowing interiors and low horizontal lines. This photo is of Fallingwater, which is located in Pennsylvania.
I'm writing a paper on M.C. Escher for my History of Math grad school class. He uses complex mathematical concepts in many of his works. This is my favorite because the salamanders are tessellations that appear to come to life and climb right off of the page.
M.C. Escher Official Website