The infinite possibilities

In class on Wednesday, we talked about the universe and if we thought it was infinite or finite. There were obviously different views and opinions on the subject. When we began to do our arts and crafts with the paper cutting and twisting creating cylinders and Mobius Bonds, I began to make a connection to the real world. As we kept tracing lines and cutting I began to realize that as we started with the Mobius Bond and ended with knots I recognized the shape and thought it looked like the infinity knot. This is often scene in women’s jewelry and other sorts of crafts. It also resembled a so called figure 8 which is seen in dancing. Oddly enough, that is also what my final project is going to be about, the mathematics behind dancing. As I was twisting and observing the shape made with the paper, a friend sitting next to me in class also made another observation of the paper that resembled something that we played with in our childhood. As I know she is going to post about it, I will leave it for her to share about but it was astonishing to see how a piece of paper resembling what we were learning about can relateĀ  and remind us of so many other aspects in the outside world.

Applications with Mathematics

Finally I was able to narrow it down to one idea! It should’ve been an easier decision to make due to the fact that I’ve been doing this idea since I was three. It’s dance! Ever since I was a little girl, three exactly, I did tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. I loved it and this is my first year not doing it since then. So on this topic, there is a multitude of kinds of math found in dance. There is geometry, the most common math found behind dancing, the shapes creating patterns and symmetry, and the forms of the bodies of the dances created angles and shapes corresponding with the ground. Another example is the amount of dancers increases, so does the amount of possible relations. There is also transformations involved, reflections, rotations, and rescaling… The ideas that follow behind the mathematics in dance in unending! This should be a fun concept to learn about and I appreciate any new and welcoming ideas!

Origami in Outer Space

While watching the origami video in class, I was most interested in the aspect of using the art of origami for outer space objects. In the video, it showed out satellites and machines were being built so scientists and astronomers could look farther into space to try and see other planets to further their knowledge on them. Here is a video on an invention by NASA, they created a robot to explore planet Mars. Also this got me to thinking on how origami could possible change things in the future that people would not necessarily think about. For example science, computer, and space work is also being evolved into more complex ideas and with the help of origami there is a chance for new discoveries.


Platonic Solids in the real world

In our most recent class with Dr. Plante, we learned about Platonic Solids and the elements. Well I got to thinking and was trying to think about how to relate what we learned in class to the real world. Often, my niece and nephew come to my house and stay a few days. They leave their toys everywhere and I got to noticing that their baby blocks looked like the 3D cube that Dr. Plante drew on the board explaining the vertex and edges of the specific shape. I forgot to take a picture of them before I left my house so I found this image on google, looking similar to the ones they leave scattered all over my living room floor.

Image result for baby blocks



Rosettes all around!

As I walk back to my dorm, I look around and think to myself “Where could I possible find an object or picture that would be a good representation of what I am trying to find for math class?” I remained stumped and got back to my dorm… I look around and right in front of me is a fan. Something that is used in every day lives that’s perfect for this. There is literally art and math around us everyday and we fail to see it until we are forced to. The fan is a cyclic rosette because of the direction of the plastic waves. They are going counterclockwise which means when reflected, they would be going clockwise with a 30 fold center.

Math 444

Finally getting a chance to write in the blog! IT has been fixing my log in information and it is finally fixed. I’m nervous for this class because math has never been my strong suit but we’ll see how it goes!

Nikita Scraggs-Kitchin