Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher - Fall 2012 - Dr. Anneke Bart

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Course Information


  • Class Meets: MWF 9-9:50 in RH 225
  • Instructor: Anneke Bart
    • Office: Ritter Hall 115
    • Office Hours: TBA and by appointment.
    • Email:
  • Prerequisite: 3 years of high school mathematics or Math 120 (College Algebra).


  • Attendance is required. You will have in-class 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:


The main text for this course is the Math and the Art of MC Escher online book, at

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.


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.


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:

Course-level support (e.g., faculty member, departmental resources, etc.) by asking your course instructor. University-level support (e.g., tutoring/writing services, Disability Services) by visiting the Student Success Center (BSC 331) or by going to Students who believe that, due to a disability, they could benefit from academic accommodations are encouraged to contact Disability Services at 314-977-8885 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


Golden Section, spirals, etc

Knot Theory


(Tentative) Schedule for Fall 2012
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 Escher-like Tessellations
7 Oct 8 Spherical Geometry
8 Oct 15 Spherical Geometry Cathedral Basilica Assignment
9 Oct 22 Spherical Geometry Fall Break M-W
10 Oct 29 Spherical Geometry
11 Nov 5 Hyperbolic Geometry
12 Nov 12 Hyperbolic Geometry
13 Nov 19 Hyperbolic Geometry Thanksgiving W-F
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