Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher - Spring 2012 - Dr. Bryan Clair
- 1 News
- 2 Homework
- 3 Course Information
- 4 Tentative Schedule
- 4.1 Week 1 ()
- 4.2 Week 2 (9/5-9/9)
- 4.3 Week 3 (9/12-9/16)
- 4.4 Week 4 (9/19-9/23)
- 4.5 Week 5 (9/26-9/30)
- 4.6 Week 6 (10/3-10/7)
- 4.7 Week 7 (10/10-10/14)
- 4.8 Week 8 (10/17-10/21)
- 4.9 Week 9 (10/24-10/28)
- 4.10 Week 10 (10/31-11/4)
- 4.11 Week 11 (11/7-11/11)
- 4.12 Week 12 (11/14-11/18)
- 4.13 Week 13 (11/21-11/25)
- 4.14 Week 14 (11/28-12/2)
- 4.15 Week 15 (12/5-12/9)
- 4.16 Final Exam Period (Friday, Dec16, 12-1:50)
The information on this page is not yet current for Spring 2012.
Welcome to Math and the Art of M.C. Escher.
- Class Meets: MWF 12:00-12:50 in RH 316
- Bryan Clair (http://math.slu.edu/~clair)
- Office: Ritter Hall 110
- Office Hours: ? or by appointment.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 most weeks. 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 exam: Friday, May 11, 12-1:50pm
- Grading is on a straight scale, with 90%,80%,70%,60% guaranteeing A-, B-, C-, D respectively.
Grading is weighted as follows:
- Homework: 15%
- Attendance and in-class work: 20%
- Art Projects: 30%
- Exams: 35%
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.
Finally, it is highly recommended that you purchase a copy of J. Locher, Magic of M.C. Escher. H. Abrams 2000. Unfortunately, this book is out of print in the U.S. You can sometimes still find a copy for sale in the U.S., or order the UK version, still in print. You shouldn't need to spend more than $50 for this beautiful book. Here are some links to try:
If you can't get Magic of M.C. Escher, the cheap paperback M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work is a pathetic but acceptable substitute.
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 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 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.
Week 1 ()
Rosette symmetry. Rotations, reflections. Symmetry groups. Symmetric Figures Exploration. Symmetry of Stars and Polygons Exploration. Composition Exploration and the classification of rosette symmetries.
Week 2 (9/5-9/9)
Week 3 (9/12-9/16)
Week 4 (9/19-9/23)
Week 5 (9/26-9/30)
Week 6 (10/3-10/7)
Tessellations. Pattern Block Exploration.
Friday: Exam 1.
Week 7 (10/10-10/14)
Tessellations by Recognizable Figures. In-class sketching.
Week 8 (10/17-10/21)
Tessellation Art Project due Friday.
Week 9 (10/24-10/28)
Week 10 (10/31-11/4)
Week 11 (11/7-11/11)
Week 12 (11/14-11/18)
Week 13 (11/21-11/25)
Wednesday, Friday: Thanksgiving break, no class. Hyperbolic geometry. Escher's Circle Limit Exploration.
Week 14 (11/28-12/2)
Week 15 (12/5-12/9)
Last day of class is Monday, 12/12. Review for third exam.
Final Exam Period (Friday, Dec16, 12-1:50)
Third exam. Art and Mathematics Project due at noon.