If you are out and about and find an example of real life math,
take a picture or find a link and send it to me at jswope@phil-mont.com
with a short description.

You are welcome to leave helpful comments and suggestions!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Solving Systems of Equations

Here is a lesson plan I created on solving systems of equations. It uses basketball stats and folk tales!

Solving Systems of Equations


Why does Miles get to do all the blogging?  My name is Trixie and I am Miles' little sister.  I love to go for walks and chase bunny rabbits and butterflies.

All of this talk about M.C. Escher inspired me to attempt a complex tessellation piece, so for your viewing pleasure, I present:

Bunny Rabbits 2010

What do you think?

M.C. Escher

I don't love writing papers, so when I found out that I would have to write a ten page paper for my history of math class I was less than excited. The only way to make the project more palatable was to write about something that I enjoy and want to learn even more about, which is why I chose the visual artist M.C. Escher.  I was aware of his use of tessellations to create amazing images, but that was the extent of my knowledge.

While writing my paper I learned that M.C. Escher's work was a lot more complex than I had ever imagined.  He used concepts such as infinity, the mobius strip, the Penrose Triangle, impossible objects, hyperbolic geometry and inversion of a circle to create pieces of art that were so much more complex than his initial division of a plane works.  It gave me a knew appreciation for his visual art, but I still don't like writing papers!

You can read my paper here:
M.C. Escher