Higher Dimensions

As we viewed the video on Wednesday I thought the concept of higher dimension and how we cant see them and that why it is really hard to believe they even exist was really interesting. I especially liked the analogy of flat land because it made senses, and if we think about that in terms of our dimension and discovering or thinking of the possibility of high dimensions, then we can understand why we perceive it the way we do or why do not understand it. I found this really interesting video on higher dimension and hyper space, even though it is an hour long I thought it was worth sharing.


Math in Cheer

My final project will be on the math in cheerleading. I did cheer from eighth grade all the way to my senior year of high schools, so as one can assume its a passion for me. Being part of cheer team makes one realizes the math that goes into cheer. There is counting for the whole routine, timing in the music and the counts. Figuring out the number of people on the team and how that can be dived into stunts, jumps, dance sequences and tumbling passes. There is also that math behind the placement of the cheerleader, almost like symmetry and wall paperĀ  patterns, so that the whole routine looks pleasing to the audience. Finally there is math behind the stunts. There is a certain balance one has to find when throwing a girl up in the air. The flyer need to go up needs at the right time, and the flyer needs to hit the pose at a specific time. Then the stunt group catching the girl has to catch the girl in exactly the right way at the right time. It also has to do with how the hands are place and the forces and how they work with one another. I found this great website that goes into real detail about math in cheerleading. It also has some great videos of cheerleading as well.


Origami Math

I found it really interesting how math could be in origami. It was absolutely amazing to see how someone could turn a simple piece of paper into this amazing work of art and even representations of hyperbolic parabolic shapes. I found this really awesome video that is a tutorial on how to make a hyperbolic parabolic out of paper using origami. This is kinda of like the thing we made in class but just a little more advanced.

I also found a few more that I thought they were really interesting.

The videos are a little long but you can just click through them. I also found this really awesome video on origami and the math behind it. This guys really explain how the math in origami works and its also another Ted Talk. I love Ted Talks so I thought I would share that with your guys.


Platonic Solids and Elements

When Dr. Plante had mentions the association with platonic solids and the elements and how each on represented an element I found it really interesting so I wanted to look more into it. I have always found the idea of philosophy and theories really interesting because I love hearing other peoples ideas and their theories of how things work or fit together. I eventually found this wonderful website where is details the explanation of Plato’s solids and their correlation with the elements. I also found this really wonderful video on platonic solids and Plato’s association with elements. This gives a more visual learning aspect.


Rosettes In My Room

As I was looking around for some sort of rosette I found it at the most unusual time. I came home from class and lied down on my bed. I looked up and there on my light cover was this design. A perfect example of a rosette, specifically a dihedral. This is an 18 fold with a 20 degree rotation. I found this so fascinating because I never knew that I could mathematically calculate the light in my room! I also never thought I would be using it for an assignment. I just found this interesting because it came to me at a time I wasn’t even looking for it. Here I am simply laying on my bed, and I find a rosette on my ceiling.

What I also find interesting is the Fibonacci Sequence which was mentioned a few times in class. I love the idea of math in nature and how everything can be connected by a simple set of patterns in numbers, yet its so complex at the same time. There was once this show on Netflix all about the Fibonacci sequence and how everything was connected by these numbers. I was watching it but never finished and I can not seem to remember the name of the show either. I tried looking on Netflix and I couldn’t find anything that jogged my memory, so if anyone knows the name of the show I am talking about or happens to stumble upon it feel free to comment. For now I have found this wonderful video that illustrates the Fibonacci Sequence. I am hoping we will spend sometime talking about it in class so I can learn more about it,

and by learning I am hoping others will find it just as interesting as I do.

Saying Hello

Hello, my name is Jamila and I am very excited for the course. I am looking forward to all of the interesting math topics that we will be covering that are not in traditional math classes. Hope everyone has a fantastic first week!