Mathematical Ideas

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Mathematical ideas have always influenced societies, and artists are often among the first to explore and express their meanings and implications. This course presents a variety of mathematical ideas from across cultures and times--particularly those that have practical use for artists, craftspeople, architects and designers--from the patterns of nature to the mathematics underlying modern computers. Students become proficient using a geometric compass to explore various geometric topics including Ad Triangulum, Ad Quadratum and Pentagonal symmetries, the appearance of the Fibonacci Numbers and Golden Ratio in nature and art, and the characteristics of the Platonic Solids. Each class involves visual presentations and hands-on activities for exploring these and other ideas in the Reader/Workbook. Weekly homework for each class involves creating something original in any medium to demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical ideas presented.