Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher  Fall 2012  Dr. Anneke Bart
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Course Information
General
 Class Meets: MWF 99:50 in RH 225
 Instructor: Anneke Bart
 Office: Ritter Hall 115
 Office Hours: TBA and by appointment.
 Email: barta@slu.edu
 Prerequisite: 3 years of high school mathematics or Math 120 (College Algebra).
Grading
 Attendance is required. You will have inclass work to be done in groups. One unexcused absence is allowed. Six absences will cause you to lose two letter grades. I only excuse absences when presented with official documentation.
 Homework will be due weekly. Your work should be neat, legible, and stapled. Cooperation is good, but write up results separately. Late homework is always accepted, but I will not write comments and will automatically give a score of 5 (out of 10) if the work is of reasonable quality.
 Exams. I give makeup exams only for severe and documented reasons.
 Exam 1:
 Exam 2:
 Final:
 Grading is on a straight scale, with 90%,80%,70%,60% guaranteeing A,B,C,D.
Grading is weighted as follows:
 Homework: 15%
 Attendance and inclass work: 15%
 Projects (4): 5% each
 Project 1: Rozette Pattern Project
 Project 2: Border Pattern Project
 Project 3: Tessellation Project Lite
 Project 4: Art and Mathematics Project
 Exams(2): 10% each
 Final: 30%
Textbooks
The main text for this course is the Math and the Art of MC Escher online book, at http://math.slu.edu/escher
Also required for the course is D. Schattschneider, Visions of Symmetry. H. Abrams 2004, available at the university bookstore. The paperback 1990 edition is also acceptable.
Honesty
This course is goverened by the Academic Honesty Policy of the College of Arts & Sciences. Plagiarism, cheating and dishonesty will be reported to the dean and may result in probation, expulsion, or worse.
Disabilities
In recognition that people learn in a variety of ways and that learning is influenced by multiple factors (e.g., prior experience, study skills, learning disability), resources to support student success are available on campus. Students who think they might benefit from these resources can find out more about:
Courselevel support (e.g., faculty member, departmental resources, etc.) by asking your course instructor. Universitylevel support (e.g., tutoring/writing services, Disability Services) by visiting the Student Success Center (BSC 331) or by going to http://www.slu.edu/success. Students who believe that, due to a disability, they could benefit from academic accommodations are encouraged to contact Disability Services at 3149778885 or visit the Student Success Center. Confidentiality will be observed in all inquiries.
Course instructors support student accommodation requests when an approved letter from Disability Services has been received and when students discuss these accommodations with the instructor after receipt of the approved letter.
Math and the Movies
Fractals:
 Doodling in Math Class: Infinity Elephants
Length: 4 min:36sec. Topic: infinite series and fractals. Introduces the Apollonian gasket and the Sierpinski triangle.  ARTducation Drawing Lesson 17 Fractals
 Arthur C Clarke  Fractals  The Colors Of Infinity A 53 minute movie about the Mandelbrot set.
Golden Section, spirals, etc
 Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant  Part 1
 Doodling in Math Class: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant  Part 2
 Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant Part 3
Knot Theory
Schedule
Week  Date  Topics  Comments 

1  Aug 27  Symmetry  We did the following explorations in class:

2  Sep 3  Symmtry and Border Patterns  No class Monday Sep 3 ;

3  Sep 10  Wallpaper Patterns 

4  Sep 17  Wallpaper Patterns  
5  Sep 24  Tessellations  
6  Oct 1  Escherlike Tessellations  
7  Oct 8  Spherical Geometry  
8  Oct 15  Spherical Geometry  Cathedral Basilica Assignment 
9  Oct 22  Spherical Geometry  Fall Break MW 
10  Oct 29  Spherical Geometry  
11  Nov 5  Hyperbolic Geometry  
12  Nov 12  Hyperbolic Geometry  
13  Nov 19  Hyperbolic Geometry  Thanksgiving WF 
14  Nov 26  Fractals and the 4th dimension  
15  Dec 3  Depth and Perspective  
16  Dec 10  Review  December 10: last day of class; review 