Shredding the Slopes?

Hello Friends!

This topic is not finalized, but I am hoping to to gather enough knowledge over the next few days to make decision. A big hobby of mine during the winter months is snowboarding. I have always had a deep passion for all aspects of the sport. There’s something about being entirely submersed in the most beautiful scenery and still getting an intense adrenaline rush that brings me back to the mountains every year. Although most people don’t actually study and understand the forces involved in snowboarding prior to going and doing it, there is so much math that can be seen on the slopes. You could be calculating how much speed you can generate based off of the steepness of the run, or even gauging how the force of gravity will effect you while you are in the air. There are certainly many forces that come in to play when snowboarding.

Even professional snowboarders who travel the world seeking the most surreal, almost impossible scenarios, to ride. In order for them to do this, there is a huge amount of research that must be done to assess these winter playgrounds to find the perfect run, route, or trail. I attached a video that might be able to show that in professional snowboarding there is zero margin for error. To make action sports films such as the one featured in the video, these riders really must know every inch of the run they are choosing because the forces involved are so extreme, one small mistake such as shifting your weight in the wrong direction could lead to a very serious fall. Also this video is in all aspects epic and shows how incredibly beautiful the world is!

Patterns in headgear?

Hello everyone! So this post has troubled me in a sense that I had a hard time finding any frieze patterns that were post worthy. As I looked around my room, I saw my green scarf hanging over my closet door. This is no traditional scarf, as it is actually called a Keffiyeh. This scarf is a traditional middle eastern headdress that is typical worn by Arab people around the world.  It is most commonly used in dry, arid, desert-like locations to protect the face and head from the sun. additionally to that, it can also serve to keep your head warm if need be. They have become more popular in the western world in the last few decades within the outdoor community.


The “shemagh” was given to by my interpreter while I was overseas and it has proven to be one of the most useful gifts I have received! I have used it to cover my face in a dust storm and also I have used it a few times while snowboarding. Its extremely useful on a blizzard-like day to cover your face from the harsh wind and whipping snow!


Now the fun part…..determining what patterns are displayed on the scarf!! Lets take a look at the two I zoomed in on below. The pattern shown on the left is a little difficult to isolate but if you focus on the tan color as your main “shape” then its a little easier to see. I believe it is an F2. It can not be vertically reflected because no matter where you try to reflect it, the shape can not land back on itself evenly. There is no horizontal reflection either, but there is a glide reflection, which would make this an F2 (I think). The pattern shown on the right, separated by the black vertical stripe, can be classified as F3. This pattern does have a vertical reflection this time, but there is no horizontal reflection. I was unsure if the pattern had a half turn symmetry but i decided it did not because if you flip it 180 degrees, the number of peaks pointing up would then be 2, rather than 3 as seen in the pattern. Please let me know if you see it differently than I do, as I may have missed something!

Math or Art??

In the first couple weeks of class, I noticed real quick that there is a strong correlation between math and art and how the two are seen in our day to day lives. One thing that cannot be denied in my opinion is that most things that can be physically seen/touched can be broken down into some type of numerical sequence or perhaps a symmetrical pattern. More often then not, more can be seen than what initially meets the eye if you just pay a little closer attention to whats going on. You may also find some form of entertainment in boring situations if you can find the connections and patterns that are so easily hiding in plain sight!

Hello Hello

Howdy! I’m James, I just recently  finished up my service obligation with the army, so it’s been several years since I’ve been in school. I’m pretty stoked about this class, you guys seem cool and the topics are far more interesting than what I’m used to seeing in a math class! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend, see y’all on Wednesday!

-James Duarte