Art: A Real-World Geometry Problem

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Art and architecture can be used to teach high school students about real-life applications of geometry.

Art and architecture can be used to teach high school students about real-life applications of geometry.

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  • 1. Art:A Real-World Geometry Problem Michael E. Flinchbaugh Instructional Coach J. H. Rose High School Pitt County, North Carolina
  • 2. Eiffel Tower• Problem: This is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It is so tall and skinny that a strong wind should probably knock it over. How did the designers use geometry to make the Eiffel Tower a stable structure?• What shapes?• Why those shapes?
  • 3. Parthenon• Problem: This is the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. It looks dilapidated in this picture, but much of it has been restored. It is over 1600 years old, after all. How did the architects of this masterpiece use geometry to design such a beautiful building?• Investigate the application of the Golden Ratio/Golden Mean
  • 4. Escher’s Tessalations • Problem: This is Strong Men by M.C. Escher. It is a tessalation. How did Escher get this pattern to repeat with no gaps or overlaps? • Investigate tessalations.
  • 5. Mona Lisa• Problem: This is Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. How is geometry related to the proportions of the face in the image?• Investigate the Golden ratio.• Investigate how the golden ratio is used in da Vinci’s art and in humans.