Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher - Fall 2009 - Dr. Anneke Bart

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Course Information


  • Class Meets: MWF 9:00-9:50 in RH 316
  • Instructor:
  • 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: TBA
    • Exam 2: TBA
    • Final: --
  • Grading is on a straight scale, with 90%,80%,70%,60% guaranteeing A,B,C,D. Grading is weighted as follows:
    • Homework: 20%
    • Attendance and in-class work: 20%
    • Projects: two @15% each
    • Exams: three @10% each


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

One traditional textbook is required for the course:

  • D. Schattschneider, Visions of Symmetry. H. Abrams 2004. (The paperback 1990 edition is also acceptable).


Students are expected to be honest in their academic work, as per the 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.


This tentative schedule will give you some idea of what topics to expect. As the course develops, adjustments will be made if necessary.

Week 1: Introduction, Symmetry

August 24 - 28

On Friday Homework #1 is due: Read Visions of Symmetry pg. 1-15.
Read M.C. Escher and Introduction_to_Symmetry.
Do Rosette Exercises # 1-5, 8-12, 14

Week 2: Symmetry, Isometries, and Frieze Patterns

Week 3: Frieze Patterns and Intro to Wallpaper Patterns

Week 4: Wallpaper Patterns

Week 5: Tessellations and Isometries

Week 6: Escher-like Tessellations and Geometer Sketchpad

Week 7: Tessellations with Sketchpad

Week 8: Art Project Assignment and intro to Spherical Geometry

Week 9: Spherical Geometry

Week 10: Spherical Geometry

Week 11: Spherical Geometry

Week 12: Hyperbolic Geometry

Week 13: Hyperbolic Geometry